Barns block traffic across Grosse Pointe Park border with Detroit; Residents upset, boycott urged

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Dozens of people packed into the Grosse Pointe Park City Council meeting Monday night to criticize city officials for a lack of input from residents. Many were upset about a farmers market whose barns essentially create a blockade of traffic crossing between Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park.

Two barns have been built in the middle of the street at the corner of Kercheval and Alter on the border with Detroit.  Many consider them a wall that is blocking out Detroit.

The market is only open on Saturdays but the barns-- for now-- are permanent and traffic on the street is blocked. 

Political Activist Adolph Mongo tells 7 Action News this sends the wrong message and he has urged Detroit residents to boycott Grosse Pointe Park businesses.

Several Grosse Pointe Park residents spoke similar lines to city officials at the council meeting, saying they believe the blocked border sends a racist message.

The city attorney told the group he tried to contact Detroit city officials for input on the market but didn't receive a reply. The city manager says the barns are a work in progress.

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