GREENFIELD — Every October, Greenfield residents who live within walking distance of the Riley Festival find their streets crowded with visitor traffic. And without fail, some homeowners attempt to block off what they deem should be their personal parking spots, even though public street parking is just that – public, and that means first come, first served. Trash cans, folding chairs and saw horses can often be seen reserving spots in front of homes, but police say they’ll remove those items if they see them or receive a complaint. It’s a battle every year, but it is one officers try to approach with patience and understanding, Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said. Not all residents have private driveways, so they depend on street parking that, unfortunately for them, is also coveted by downtown visitors during the Riley Festival. Jester said he recognizes the inconvenience for those who live near the intersection of Main and State streets, where the festival takes place, but asks for homeowners to be


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GREENFIELD — Every October, Greenfield residents who live within walking distance of the Riley Festival find their streets crowded with visitor traffic.

And without fail, some homeowners attempt to block off what they deem should be their personal parking spots, even though public street parking is just that – public, and that means first come, first served.

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