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July 17, 2014

Franklin St. parking piques council's attention

NEWBURYPORT — A dispute about a recently installed “no parking” sign is creating conflict in a thickly settled section of Franklin Street.

City officials recently created a no-parking zone in a limited area near the corner of Franklin Street and Water Street at the request of some neighbors.

Franklin is a narrow north-south thoroughfare between Salem and Bromfield streets.

Some residents expressed concern that emergency vehicles could not get down the street because of vehicles parked on the side of the roadway.

Also, Renee Pappa, who lives at 4 Franklin St., said that her house is so close to the street that sometimes she has difficulty opening the front door due to presence of vehicles on or near the curb.

She supported the no-parking zone.

However, other neighbors said that they would prefer going back to the time when parking did exist at that part of the street.

They said they appreciate being able to park their cars across the street from their residences.

Johanna Korst, whose residence is listed at 11/2 Franklin St., said it is more convenient — and safer — to park across the street rather than having to park on another thoroughfare and walk to her home.

More than a half-dozen residents expressed their views.

Councilors took no action, but indicated they will consider the matter in coming weeks.

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