HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Dozens of Huntersville neighbors can no longer park in front of their own homes after the town took over the streets of Monteith Place from a developer.
It's a battle of convenience versus safety, and is not making everyone happy. In some cases neighbors say it's making a bad parking situation that much worse.
"They woke us up yesterday morning putting these up," said neighbor Tasha Garrett, while pointing at a no parking sign in front of her house, "This one is right in front of my bedroom window."
That's the spot where she typically parked her car.
"I just assumed I'd get to park beside my house and walk into my front door after work," she said.
Huntersville took the streets over a couple of weeks ago now that Monteith Place is built out. The signs are meant to help traffic flow, especially on the neighborhood's narrowest streets.
"That affects everybody on this side," Garrett said.
She now parks across the street in front of a neighbor's house. Garrett says during the day the parking isn't bad, but gets worse at night with the new signs because people are fighting for the same spots.
"My vehicles, for the moment, are there about three houses down. This vehicle right here is mine; it's, of course, blocking these houses if they had company or anything like that, and it's a huge inconvenience and rude to have to do that," Garrett said while pointing out her cars.
Garrett says her car barely fits in her garage so she doesn't use it. She says she also has trouble turning her car into it due to a narrow alley.
Huntersville officials say the plan for Monteith Place was always to restrict parking on one side. The ability of emergency crews to get to homes and not have to slow down, stop or get stuck on a narrow street with cars parked on both sides is another reason why.
"It's for safety reasons that the fire trucks have to get down. If both sides are blocked by parking, it's going to cause a potential problem," said neighbor Ed Kopec.
"It doesn't make the convenience any better," said Garrett.