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'No parking' signs pop up over Cary neighborhood

Posted December 1, 2010
Updated December 2, 2010

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— Residents of a Cary neighborhood don't like a new decoration that's popped up in most of their lawns: no parking signs.

The Meadows at Olde Carpenter neighborhood has 69 homes and 52 no parking signs.

"It really makes the neighborhood look really ugly," said resident Liz Mackie. "We even have signs right next to fire hydrants, even signs in places not big enough for cars to be parked."

"Everybody that walks out of their house is looking at one or in direct view of one," resident Kathy Forgacs said.

Cary town officials and developer Joel Carpenter said that because of its narrow roads, the subdivision needs to have the streets clear of parked vehicles to make room for fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. 'No parking' signs line Cary neighborhood streets 'No parking' signs line Cary neighborhood streets

The developer had three choices: set up no parking signs every 50 feet, stencil "no parking" on the street every 50 feet or paint the curb yellow.

Carpenter said the paint and stencils are so expensive that putting up the signs was the least expensive option.

Residents said that their homeowners' association is working with Cary town staff to see if pavement markings can replace many of the signs.

Forgas tried to find some fun the nuisance. She hung some signs with Christmas wreaths.

"Just to try to make light of a strange situation, instead of getting upset about it," she said.

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  • IzzMad2016 Dec 6, 2010

    "I can promise you, there is no envy of Cary in any shape, form or fashion. Cary used to be a quaint, nice little town with no pretentiousness......but as you just demonstrated, not any more... btneast"

    (yawn)(yawn) More of the same bashing and insulting from the same Haters. I am glad that you are glad that you don't live in Cary. Everyone's happy then, right? Peace out.

  • SMAPAEA Dec 3, 2010

    HA HA Cary goes overboard....again...imagine that...at least they have a new place to hang up a wreath...oh wait...is that allowed in Cary? Can you hang stuff from signs?

  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 2, 2010

    Great Scott! Oh, the HUMANITY!!! ;)

  • citizensoldier16 Dec 2, 2010

    Chop them down, and dump them in the town hall parking lot.

  • Vietnam Vet Dec 2, 2010

    I find it hard to believe that the signs, posts, and the labor to install them would be the least expensive option opposed to a yellow paint sprayer and some paint followed by a stencil and a bit more spray paint? It's amazing to me that Cary, who doesn't like odd color houses and business signage, would install all those signs in any Cary neighborhood. Kind of a double standard?

  • btneast Dec 2, 2010

    BTW, I chose to live in Cary when I moved from out of state 13 years ago...

    Perfect, you went right where we want you....in the Containment Area for Relocated Yankees.

    but they could all learn a thing or two from our fine town government!

    ....Like what....how to control every aspect of your life?....what color you can paint your business?...where you can put your For Sale sign in your yard?...only in Cary do you need a sign to tell someone the obvious. All these "other" towns and cities....the neighbors talk to each other and work it out instead of bashing people with rules and HOA's.

  • chattycat Dec 2, 2010

    I frequent a neighborhood in N. Raleigh, a very large neighborhood that is less than ten yrs old, and for all you Cary bashers, the streets are very narrow with cars parked on both sides, so some large vehicles can't get thru at all. At least our smart folks in Cary have the sense to put up signs or somehow designate no parking on these nice narrow streets. I am sure these residents will learn to live with the signs if it means not having a bunch of vehicles parked in front of their homes. BTW, I chose to live in Cary when I moved from out of state 13 years ago, never regretted the decision. Not to bash all the other cities/towns around here, but they could all learn a thing or two from our fine town government!

  • ncguy Dec 2, 2010

    The problem is Joel Carpenter was too greedy on his lots.
    He crammed every square inch to be sellable and this is the outcome. hope they don't have any friends coming over

  • btneast Dec 2, 2010

    i suppose you people jealous of cary should google to see the spat at the crown jewel north raleigh neighborhood harrington grove. somehow people seem to think cary is the only place in down with this problem.

    HG is a crown jewel? Maybe 20 years ago. Those "spats" as you call them were going on 23 years ago when I lived there.

  • btneast Dec 2, 2010

    lol at all you haters with cary town-envy

    I can promise you, there is no envy of Cary in any shape, form or fashion. Cary used to be a quaint, nice little town with no pretentiousness......but as you just demonstrated, not any more...

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