As the U.S. Secret Service steps up security for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, parking restrictions in the area around his South Side house have irritated some of his neighbors.
On Friday, concrete barriers were installed near the Obama home. On Thursday, city crews were busy drilling holes to install additional "no parking" signs in an area where neighbors say the parking is already scarce.
"It looks like there's going to be a parade, but there isn't one," said Melanie Kelly, who has lived across from Obama's house in the Kenwood neighborhood for 10 years. "It's just a little crazy. It's like a circus outside."
Steel barricades also were installed this week in the area near Obama's home. Sources said an increase in security was planned when Obama officially became the nominee, as he did Wednesday.