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SC city spends $5,000 to pour driveway, build fence between feuding neighbors

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Spartanburg city officials say it cost $5,000 to pour a driveway and build a fence between two feuding neighbors on East Fremont Avenue, according to WHNS.

Neighbor Helen Owens, who is white, said the dispute with her neighbor Christina Whiteside , who is African-American, started over a shared driveway. Owens said Whiteside would often block the driveway and refuse to move her and her visitors’ cars.

“She thinks she is a bully, she thinks she is above the law,” Owens said.

Whiteside said Owens is the instigator of the fight and says the woman and her husband have called her racial slurs and threatened her children. Whiteside said the Owens family also calls the police on her frequently.

“All I want is peace,” Whiteside said. “I want to be able to stand in my yard and play with my kids with no problems.”

On Friday, the NAACP held a press conference claiming Whiteside was being harassed because of her race and called for action from city leaders.

But Owens said the racism is aimed against her.

“We’ve been told we are in the wrong part of town, we didn’t need to be here, we weren’t welcomed,” Owens said.

City spokesman Will Rothchild said the city built a fence between Owen’s and Whiteside’s home and poured a new driveway for Whiteside so that the two would no longer share one. Rothchild said Whiteside’s property is owned by the Upstate Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization that partners with the city to provide affordable housing.

Rothchild said the move was unprecedented but necessary to de-escalate tensions.

On Monday, both neighbors said despite the city’s measures, tensions were still high between them and neither saw a peaceful resolution to the problem in the near future.

22 comments

  • Cheer Mom

    If you are living in “nonprofit organization that partners with the city to provide affordable housing” regardless of color or race and can’t get along or continue to have issues so that law enforcement is getting involved, you should be removed from the “nonprofit organization that partners with the city to provide affordable housing” at once and given to someone who needs the housing enough to get along with neighbors. If both are living in the “nonprofit organization that partners with the city to provide affordable housing”, they should both be evicted.

  • Tabitha

    My thoughts exactly Zombiekiller; just kick the trouble makers out and let families that would appreciate the affordable housing rent them. Like it said at the bottom of the story, even though the city spent 5,000.00 to build the fence and pour the drive-way tensions were still high and there probably will not be a resolution in the future. They will continue to “cat-fight” over the fence. They have become the type of neighbors that it doesn’t matter what the other one does it is going to make the next one mad. If those two continue living in those houses the cops will be out there again. What’s the NAACP going to do then? Make the city build a bubble around her house? Can’t believe that the NAACP got involved in neighbors fighting with one another..How ridiculous on everyone’s part.

  • Crystal Swisher

    Clearly we know the answer here – MOVE!!!!! Affordable housing – there’s a clue………………

  • sally jane

    Bottom line is when you have to SHARE something…… BOTH parties NEEDS to be RESPECTFUL of one another.That seems to have been the problem here,and people will feel like they have the right to use it the way they want to….COMMUNICATION would have been the way to go and just learn how to get along………..

  • Erik Vinson

    Funny how the black family has the NAACP backing her, however, if there were a legal white terrorist organization backing the white family, all hell would break loose and riots would commence and Obama would say something to the effect of “If I had a poor black family in SC, this woul;d be them”, Disgusted with the one way racism.

  • Fed-UP

    I am so SICK and DISGUSTED about people throwing out the race card! Why can’t the white woman claim racism when the black woman won’t let her park in the driveway? Oh nooooo….that could never happen! Just because someone doesn’t like you, or calls you names, or fusses with you is NOT a reason to be called a racist. Racist defined: “a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another”. So, if the white lady called the black lady the “N” word, it’s automatically assumed that she thinks the whole race of white people is superior to blacks? According to the language of MANY black people who call each other the “N” word, one could concur that the blacks are racist against whites and that is simply a term of endearment. Sick of this….sick sick sick. As all the others before me have said….both of them act stupid and can’t get along….get the heck outta there!

  • Moses

    the black lady is basically living in free welfare housing; how pathetic; so the white lady works to support the black lady and the black lady fusses and complains all day long about it; so goes the entitlement attitude

    • Mommaof3

      The non profit organization owns the property that the one family owns, it didn’t say the neighborhood it said property, which means it was probably a foreclosure and they were able to buy is pretty cheap.

      • monkey see, monkey doo, monkey looks black and kinda blue

        What the hell has that to do with it??????????????????????????It does not matter if it was foreclosed or not, that person still has rights, regardless of rental or ownership……

  • TC

    Why was race an issue in this story to begin with. These are two women ‘no matter of color’ that can’t get along as neighbors, period! No need to mention race in this story, media causing trouble again!

  • monkey see, monkey doo, monkey looks black and kinda blue

    Imagine, calling the NAACP, because you cannot take up the whole drive way that you share…..

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