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  •  My pet peeve... (3+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, cynndara, Words In Action

    We have a beautiful riverfront for which we sacrifice meaningful flood control.  During the summer, that space is out of bounds for many weekends.  From Wednesday or Thursday through at least Sunday, it is roped off.  Access is limited to those who pay for entry and only during certain times.  

    While many of the events are ostensibly sponsored or sanctioned by the city, most of the revenue is generated by vendors inside the ropes.  I've not done the research, but I suspect that the fees paid to the city don't come close to covering the clean-up of the grounds and the damage to the grass, etc.  We're supposed to eat that in return for the economic (tourism or something) benefit.  No one ever talks about the fact that while all this is going on, the rest of us (many thousands more than those in paid attendance) are deprived of the use of our park and riverfront.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 01:58:13 PM PDT

    •  The only way I can see that being legit (1+ / 0-)
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      would be if it's a "venue" open for anyone to sign up for limited-time exclusive use without charge.  It would be a suboptimal use of public resources, but as long as everyone gets to use it exclusively and equally at some point, then it would still be public.  But that's probably not what's going on there - probably just a run-of-the-mill privatization scheme.

      Business doesn't distinguish between making money and taking money.

      by Troubadour on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 02:15:37 PM PDT

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      •  There are civic things that happen, (1+ / 0-)
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        Troubadour

        but they don't block off the park for them.  For instance, the symphony gives concerts in the band shell during the summer.  Those are free and there is no restricted access.  There are also no vendors.  Church groups take turns providing desserts and coffee/soft drinks for a donation.

        The rest is purely commercial.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:08:11 AM PDT

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