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Bucktown Drivers Outraged After 137 Cars Towed

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CHICAGO - A number of residents of Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood are crying foul over how the city handled preparations for a 5k foot race over the weekend.

Tow trucks hauled off 137 vehicles parked along the race route early Sunday morning, and some residents say no signs were posted to give them ample warning.

But Matt Smith, spokesman for the city's Streets and Sanitation Department says the "no parking" and "tow" signs were posted late Thursday and early Friday on the run route, and crews on each shift leading up to the race made sure they were in place.

Smith said it was a safety issue because runners would be endangered if people were moving their vehicles during the run.