Homeowners who live near Rebus Works on Kinsey Street say they are tired of wrestling matches and food trucks causing traffic snares.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
What started as a simple farmer's market has turned into a
popular weekend hangout with food trucks and concerts in the historic Boylan Heights
neighborhood in downtown Raleigh.
Homeowners who live near Rebus Works on Kinsey Street said
they are tired of wrestling matches and food trucks causing traffic snares in
their otherwise-quiet neighborhood, saying the events are a safety hazard.
"Emergency vehicles can't get into the street, the street is
literally blocked," said Brenda Corbin, a Boylan Heights homeowner.
But Rebus Works owner Shonna Greenwell, who organizes the
events in front of her shop, said they are family and business friendly.
"My storefront is not in a high-traffic area," Greenwell
said, explaining the events bring needed attention to her gallery.
Greenwell said the food truck and wrestling events happen
about four times a year, but that's still too often for some in the neighborhood.
"I guess there will always be people who don't want the
inconvenience of traffic in their neighborhood," Greenwell said.
Greenwell said she has received mostly positive feedback
from those who attend the events and is now requesting a city permit to block
her dead end section of Kinsey Street for future Saturday events. But neighbors
aren't thrilled with the plan.
"I'm handicapped. I have trouble getting in and out of a car,"
said homeowner Carolyn Register. "Not finding a parking place near my house is
The city will have the final say if the events, including
the farmer's market, can continue. City Council members are expected to take up
the issue next month.