Eric Richardson of blogdowntown doesn't want Art Walk to turn into a block party, and I don't blame him.
While the increased attention that last week's tragedy put on pedestrian safety is great to see and Marcello's death was heartbreaking, putting an official stamp on Art Walk's transformation into a street party would be a tragedy for Downtown and the Historic Core...
My Downtown is one that balances all the different demographics that you need to make a healthy community. My Downtown is one that is never afraid to shut the streets down for a great event like Red Bull's Soapbox Race or the X Games, but that also understands that residents won't stay residents if every month you tell them that they can not get to their garages or you allow too many bars and clubs to empty patrons out into the streets at 2am.
My own downtown is one where Sandy Koufax signed a copy of his autobiography for me at May Co. In short, it has disappeared, entirely. But this memory from forty-six years ago is instructive too. My own downtown didn't shut down the streets for Koufax--they don't have to for Art Walk.