Parking A Growing Problem At Fall Festival

Fall festival is the most wonderful time of the year for west siders, except when it comes to one thing, parking.

Living a couple of blocks from West Franklin has its perks, but parking is not one of them.

“It kind of goes both ways, its good for the city, its a great thing, everyone loves it, but you also have to think of all the people that live here, they bought their houses, you kind of got to give them some kind of respect a little bit with it,” said Brian Hite, who lives off Virginia Street.

“Thats why my boat is out here, to try to make room for us to be able to park out back, but that still leaves us a vehicle that you're kind of juggling,” said Hite.

Parking on streets in neighborhoods around West Franklin is fair game, but for some residents it doesn't always feel fair.

“Well it is kind of a pain, its one week, that's one way to look at it, but the other part is my wife works 12 hour shifts and no one wants to park four hours away and walk home,” said Hite.

But just across the street one long time west sider is getting into the game himself by selling spots in his yard for eleven years and loving every second of it.

Paul Nelton, Hite's neighbor said,“I love to meet them and love to talk to them and cut up and carry on with them, I tend to aggravate them a little bit sometimes but that's just the kind of guy I am.”

But whether you had to walk a couple of blocks to your house, or to the festival, west siders are still left with somethings to smile about..

“You get that extra 10-15 minutes to work off all that fried food,"said Jessika Sharp, a festival goer.

Hite says he plans on going before the neighborhood association to address the parking situation before next year's fall festival.


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