Residents of the Carolina Place community have been seeking community change as of late.
On Monday, the several members of the community met with the Wilmington Police Department to discuss growing concerns about crime. Now they are speaking out about traffic safety on one of the city's most heavily traveled roads, Market Street.
On Wednesday, the Carolina Place-Ardmore Neighborhood Association publicly announced that it had formed a petition asking for Market Street traffic changes.
The petition calls for the Market Street Diet to be implemented sooner rather than later. According to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, the diet would lessen the road from four total lanes to two.
The neighborhood association has collectively voiced that the section of Market Street running adjacent to community has grown burdensome over the years.
Blair Walton, a resident of the community, lives with his family on Market Street. Walton is one of the 600 community residents that have signed the petition asking for change.
"The biggest concern number one is it's a dangerous road to drive. You may never know when a car may veer off the road or there may be a head-on collision," explained Walton.
Walton has lived on the street for five years now and has witnessed multiple accidents.
"Accidents are very frequent here," he said. "It's a dangerous road to drive."
Walton cites safety as the main reason, a change is needed.
"I live on Market Street and I try to avoid this road as much as possible, specifically because it is so dangerous."
Implementing the Market Street Diet is currently not a priority for city leaders. Walton and his neighbors hope this petition will change that.
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