Neighbors, businesses are fed up with people riding dirt bikes, streetcars outside Hunting Park Plaza – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Neighbors in Hunting Park say they are fed up with people riding off-road motorcycles and streetcars outside and, in some cases, inside businesses. So not only are they expressing themselves, but they are blocking parts of a parking lot.
During the day, locals in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia say the Hunting Park Plaza on East Hunting Park Avenue is your average mall – great shopping and great customers.
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But when the sun goes down… “Off-road motorcycles, cars, four-wheelers, Batman cars, whatever you want. Scooters, bikes, whatever. They come in big groups and it’s there. let them party, ”said an employee who wishes to remain anonymous.
Employees nearby say that for months people have turned this G Street and Hunting Park Avenue parking lot into a playground. The streaks show where the rubber has rubbed against the asphalt.
“We’re talking over 50, maybe 80 people. Holidays are the worst, ”said one employee.
An employee who asked us not to show her face says she lives in the neighborhood.
For revelers, this lot is the only place big enough to spin tricks. And shocking images show they’re not always outside.
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“They are very disrespectful. They drove inside our company, ”said the employee. “There is no respect. “
To prevent these signs of burnout from multiplying, the owners of the place have erected barriers in the hope that the parking lot will be less attractive to people who do not intend to do their shopping.
“These people drive our customers away. We are trying to fix things but we are not, we have to come together, ”said the neighbor.
The Philadelphia City Council recently passed a bill banning the operation of off-road motorcycles on city streets. Mayor Jim Kenney has yet to sign it.
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By CBS3 reporter Jasmine Payoute.