Portion of Fells Point cobblestone paved - For those who live in Fells Point, the cobblestone streets are a landmark for their neighborhood.
Area residents are used to hearing the rattling of cars everyday. When the city poured asphalt in the neighborhood for what they're calling a 'temporary fix,' it was like pulling history out from under the community's feet.
"I think it kind of speaks for itself. History. Unacceptable," said Chris Robinson, pointing to an area where pavement now covers cobblestone. Robinson owns several restaurants in front of the newly patched road.
"I couldn't believe it," he said. "Historical site. The history that's down here, and everything that goes with it, and next thing you know, you're going to black top cobblestone as though it's appropriate?"
Robinson says he noticed paving crews rolling in around lunchtime on Wednesday, but he says as a local business owner, he was never notified of the plans. The construction, he says, took a toll on his business.
Robinson is not the only one calling the repairs an eyesore.
"It's the aesthetic.This is a historical neighborhood. I realize the cobblestone is a bit of a rough ride, but so be it," said Michael Spittel, who has played music downtown for five years.
The city Department of Transportation calls the paving an 'emergency repair' and they're still looking for a permanent fix for the road. They said they're investigating how to proceed, and don't yet have a timeline on when they'll replace the asphalt.
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