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BeyondGeography

(39,498 posts)
Sat Apr 6, 2024, 01:36 PM Apr 2024

Sedona, AZ: 'We just need a little help': how a safe parking plan for people living in cars split a US town

Sedona, Arizona, lacks affordable housing, but a program for priced-out local workers to sleep safely has drawn opposition

Jodi Jackson moved to Sedona, Arizona, last year for a slower pace of life. The 52-year-old has found the affluent town – known for its red rocks and appeal to the new age crowd – to be welcoming.

Working in a local laundromat, she comes into contact with a wide range of customers, from those cleaning linens for short-term rentals to those living in their cars. Jackson herself lives in an RV, having left an abusive relationship and spending time in jail and rehab; she is one of many in the area who sleep in vehicles, priced out by the high cost and low availability of housing.

Finding a safe and affordable place to park has proved impossible. To camp, Jackson moves between a nearby state park and the parking lots of businesses that don’t hassle her.

Under a program proposed by the city, she could get a place to sleep safely and legally: somewhere she could pull in her RV after work and leave in the morning. But the scheme, designed to cater to the town’s workforce, has been put on hold in the face of vocal opposition.

More at:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/apr/06/safe-overnight-parking-lot-car-rv-sedona-arizona-homeless-housing?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Sedona, AZ: 'We just need a little help': how a safe parking plan for people living in cars split a US town (Original Post) BeyondGeography Apr 2024 OP
Short term rentals Johnny2X2X Apr 2024 #1
NIMBYs ruining the world for the poorest people they demand clean up after them. intheflow Apr 2024 #2
They're everywhere, too. shrike3 Apr 2024 #3

intheflow

(28,682 posts)
2. NIMBYs ruining the world for the poorest people they demand clean up after them.
Sat Apr 6, 2024, 02:50 PM
Apr 2024

They don't want to move their own lawns, cook their own food, clean their own homes, service their own cars, or teach their own kids, and they also don't want to pay anyone a truly living wage. And then they blame the poor folk for "bringing down property rates" like they aren't complicit in contributing to poverty. Fuck those rich assholes.

 

shrike3

(5,370 posts)
3. They're everywhere, too.
Sat Apr 6, 2024, 05:22 PM
Apr 2024

Here in the Midwest, I was at a meeting during which a developer proposed apartments. An older woman objected. He said, "Don't you want the people who serve and cook your food to leave in your town?" No, she said. They can live elsewhere.

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