If you’re looking for local issues in a city, you’ll be familiar with the term NIMBY, or “not in my backyard,” which refers to citizens fighting for their rights on an issue that affects their neighborhood. On August 24th, Flagstaff City Council will decide whether to consider repealing the existing law that bans camping on city lots. As opposed to a NIMBY problem, this is a NIMFY or “not in my front yard” problem that affects every Flagstaff owner and resident.
If this ban is lifted, you could see people living in vans / RVs / RVs in front of your house or along your alley. City parks and parking lots could become camping / RV sites and campers could stay indefinitely. The idea of repealing this law is not well thought out – just imagine the problem of hygiene. I have seen campers in front of my house for years. I recently woke up at 1am when travelers sat down on the curb for the night in a Sprinter van.
Downtown residents have dealt with illegal campers for years without being enforced. If the law is repealed, you can bet that the number of campers will increase and will stay in every neighborhood. So … Residents from Coconino Estates to NoHo to Cheshire, Continental to Sinagua Heights, University Heights to Ponderosa Trails, this would be your NIMFY problem.
Concerned citizens turn to the city council. Please join us by addressing the Council before the August 24th meeting to raise your concerns on this very important issue.