But in a certain section of Belmont Cragin, residents are complaining of a third thorn in their sides – United States Post Office trucks.
Our cameras spotted them parked in the middle of the construction zone – in metered spots, despite cones and no-parking signs.
“They’re public employees,” said frustrated Belmont Cragin resident Eduardo Casarez. “They’re supposed to be held at a higher standard.”
Casarez took a video of USPS vehicles plugging up parking before construction began. He said it has actually been a problem on Armitage and LeClaire avenues for years.
That checks out – Google Maps shows an image from 2019 with mail trucks blocking spots in the same area.
“It’s just unbearable, and they have no respect for where they park, and they get into arguments with other people – almost to the point where there’s going to be a fistfight,” Casarez said.
He said they hog spots – day or night, and even on Sundays when the Post Office is closed.
“It’s every day – even my wife, when she comes from running errands, she can’t find parking – or anyone who visits us,” Casarez said.
Adding fuel to this frustration – it’s possible the Post Office isn’t even paying for the spots like the rest of us.
Victory asked Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) why police can’t start ticketing the postal trucks and maybe deter them from parking there. Villegas said he has asked the Department of Finance to step in because he’d rather keep police focused on crime.