Alice, An RV Has Taken Up Permanent Residence in My Neighborhood

Alice, An RV Has Taken Up Permanent Residence in My Neighborhood

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Sep 3, 2015
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Dear Alice,
I live across the street from a park that has a grassy area, a community center, and a playground. RVs often park along the perimeter of the park, but one man in particular has lived around here for almost a year and leaves food waste and his dog's poop in the park. A neighbor and her kids were also woken up in the middle of the night by him screaming threats at someone. Some of us are not happy with his presence and, after trying to talk to him directly about not parking in front of our houses, have resorted to calling the cops to try to move him along with any enforceable ordinance. Other neighbors are labeling us NIMBY and think we should let him be since he is in an unfortunate situation. What's your take?

Thank you,

Dear Frustrated,

First of all, I had to look up NIMBY, which means, "Not in my backyard." I think you're justified in your concern. It's one thing to be camping in a residential area and be a respectful neighbor, it's quite another to create trash and wake everyone up in the middle of the night. Think about it like this: if this man were living in a house in your neighborhood and behaving like this, you would probably be equally miffed.

Since you've tried speaking to him directly and he didn't take the chance to shape up and keep his welcome, I think the police are the right people to turn to.


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