Residents petition against unwanted cars on their street

WICHITA, Kansas – The frustration over parking spaces that are left at Wichita State has led to a battle between students and nearby neighborhoods.

“Emergency crews can’t get through, and I can’t get out my driveway sometimes,” said Eugene Smith

The problem became a nuisance after WSU instituted a new pay-to-park system this year charging students $120 for a parking permit.

“I feel bad because I’m parking because I wouldn’t want anybody parking in front of my house, “said Robert Bosher.

The US Postal Service told KSN that it is considering installing community mailboxes or cluster boxes instead of house-to-house service for mail carrier safety.

“We have a lot of senior citizens in the area, and we don’t want cluster boxes.”

It would cost up to $500 for each community box installed.

“It’s going to cost us money for one thing, and it wouldn’t be right in front of our house,” said Don Reimers.

Residents are fighting back with a petition to the city to add more signs restricting parking between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Roosevelt Street.

They’ve almost reached their goal of getting 75 percent of homeowners to sign it.

But not everyone likes the idea.

“I have guest during the day, and I would like for them to park in the street,” said Glennyce Reimers.

Others say it’s their only choice.

“We hate to have to do this, but we have no choice we have to protect our homes and the only way to do that is with the no parking situation.”

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