things happen to good people...
Yard Nazi: 'yärd
'nät-sE, noun, 1: a person or group not
satisfied unless they come into your yard
and force you to live by their rules.
Often their actions result in fines,
liens, confiscation of property, and in
one case, jail time, with little or no
due process or recourse.
man in the picture to the left is Rick
Ruth, an employee of the City of Fort
Smith, Arkansas. What is he doing, one
may ask? He is walking around a deserted
alley, using a video camera to spy on a
startled taxpaying citizen. This has
become a far too common sight in Fort
Smith's older and poorer neighborhoods.
star of Inspector Ruth's little video was
a grouping of 3 vintage automobiles and 2
more modern vehicles, sitting behind a
stockade fence that was erected several
years ago at the direction of the City
Code Department. At that time the
homeowner was told the new fence would
satisfy the Yard Nazis. The vintage cars
in question have lived at this same
address for a combined total of 87 years.
City of Fort Smith is waging a taste war
on the North side of town. We intend to
show that good decent citizens are being,
at best harassed, at worst terrorized,
fined and robbed, not in the name of
safety, but because a handful of
comfortable people want all of us to be
just like them.
With the recent
implementation (01-01-2005) of the
dubiously named International Property
Maintenance Code on just a portion of
Fort Smith, you guessed it, the North
side, the Code Enforcement Department's
power and reach has been extended to