Letter: Tuuvi Gathering parking should be better planned

To the editor:

Year after year, it's the same thing. People flood into Tuba City to Tuuvi's Gathering, taking up every bit of spare curb space. People park on Highway 160, illegally every day in front of fire hydrants, no parking zones, and blocking off emergency entrances for business owners. These people litter and loiter on and near business properties.

The majority of these people who park on the north side of Highway 160 are there to attract and sell to the Tuuvi attendees. People come from all over to view arts and crafts of both Hopi and Navajo artists and each year the Gathering is a success.

Perhaps the committee can consider hosting their event another day instead of "piggybacking" the Western Navajo Fair or moving their event to another location where parking accommodations can be met?

The traffic and parking is a safety issue for the patrons as well as a liability issue for all small businesses. Who is liable for an injury that takes place on Highway 160?

For the benefit of all patrons, Tuuvi needs to get back to the drawing board and reconsider alternatives for parking accommodations. I'm sure the Tuuvi Committee has been thrown many suggestions; take them into account and plan a better Gathering for 2011.

I am sure I am not the only person who is fed up with the inconsideration of all these patrons who disregard parking laws and business properties.

Linnybaah Begaye

Tuba City, Ariz.


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