On Monday, opponents of the MX Zone change which will bring high-traffic, high-volume restaurants and retail to Washington Street and South Main Street in the form of strip malls, gathered on the corners of Washington and High Streets to protest the change.
The No Strip Mall/No Wrecking Ball flash mob protest drew neighbors and community members of all ages.
The result was a monumental traffic backup that had cars backed up, in traffic, to Main, and onto Main, and as far West as Jackson Street. Several cars, frustrated with the backup, ran red lights despite the protestors in the street.
The backup clearly illustrated the complaint of opponents to the zone change, that strip mall development on Washington and South Main will cause traffic gridlock and bring dangerous safety hazards to these streets.