Roy Owens, who never met a long street fair he doesn't hate, sued Boston today in an effort to keep the city from shutting a two-mile stretch of Blue Hill Avenue as part of its Open Streets program to give pedestrians and bicyclists a wide expanse of road in which to enjoy themselves for one day.
In his request for an emergency injunction, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Owens charges the Open Streets program would violate the First Amendment rights of some 25 churches along Blue Hill Avenue, force various non-profit groups to cancel programs for youth and people in emotional distress and would lead to traffic jams on I-93, caused by drivers forced to avoid Blue Hill Avenue.
All in all, this Saturday's festival "would create a city emergency, and it should not be taken lightly, because we are a poor community," Owens writes.
Owens's suit is a bit more restrained than his complaints over a similar Blue Hill Avenue festival in 2014, which he said was part of a Communist plot to destroy Boston's churches.
According to the latest version of his campaign Web site, Owens this year is running for Congress against US Rep. Ayanna Pressley.