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Old 03-22-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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I've never attended but good to know that if it's not in the budget than you can't do.

City cancels Raleigh Wide Open for 2011, citing economy - Economy - NewsObserver.com
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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NC is one of the biggest borrower from the Federal Gov't-no wonder why there are no services- but it's 83 degrees so why worry!!!


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Old 03-22-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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I'm a big fan of Raleigh Wide Open, but think taking a year off may not be such a bad idea. When I went last year it all felt a little stale. Some of the music was a little weak and having the "headlining band" in the Amphitherater was a bit of a let-down since you had to buy a ticket. I think they may need to marinate on it a bit and come back with a fresh approach. Maybe they could have less generic carnival food vendors and instead invite all the local food trucks next year?
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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NC is one of the biggest borrower from the Federal Gov't-no wonder why there are no services- but it's 83 degrees so why worry!!!


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This event is hosted by the City of Raleigh, not the state.

I think NRG might be right about maybe taking a year off to come up with some fresh ideas for next time. Or maybe they need to hire my sister as the new event director. That might work, too (and it would get her up here, closer to me!).
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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The City does not receive State Funds??
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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We are all going to be seeing the effects of only addressing the demand side of the financial equation at the city, state and national level. Having this event cancelled is just the beginning.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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Too bad, last year was the first year we did it and we absolutely loved it. It was the best thing we did downtown all year and we do quite a few things throughout the year. I can understand though given budget concerns, though I wonder if it is really because they blew it out for the All-Star Wide Open.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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NRG is right, last year felt a bit forced when compared to prior years. I'm hoping that it's one year off, and then come back with a whole new approach. I'd love to see us go back to the free concerts in the park on Saturdays. Those were a complete blast. I'd love to see it refurbished. There are so many ways that this could be redone. I'm choosing to not look at this as a negative, but hopefully something that may get further thought in the future years - especially if enough people call for it.

gibsonlespaul - I'm sure that the city receives funds, also in some manner, but that's not the issue here. This has nothing to do with the state debt. It's completely about the amount of current expenditures of the city versus current income. This doesn't make your opinion not valid, just not applicable to this particular issue.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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The City does not receive State Funds??
Not for festivals.
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