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Old 02-20-2009, 07:44 AM
 
Location: 78108
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First Friday to go away? | WOAI.COM: San Antonio News

I haven't been recently - anyone been recently that witnessed violence?

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Old 02-20-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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It is no longer a family affair. Too many drunks and not necessarily "gangs" but lots of groups of people hanging out and creating uncomfortable crowds. I've not seen any violence. During the event, parking becomes a real pain. People park in front of driveways and block entrances to alleys. The aftermath leaves lots of trash around the neighborhood for the habitants to clean up. It would not be a big deal for the whole thing to go away.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: South Side
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I think they should go back to the way it was originally with just artists showcasing their work before they started allowing beer and other vendors. The original concept was actually very beneficial in promoting the arts and culture community in SA. Anytime you add cheap beer to an equation it usually spells disaster in this town.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:46 AM
 
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I agree. Great compromise.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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FF has turned into a mess. I live right in the middle of it, agree that it's become a total madhouse and would rather it just not exist in its current form. I'm glad something is being done to fix this.

The vendor issue is a huge one: FF is now more about alcohol, trinkety-crap and loud music than what it started as. They need to get back to featuring artists and their work, rather than focus on letting countless underage kids carry plastic cups of beer around. The aftermath of it all is ridiculous.


I hope this 'overhaul' really works




BN
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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They also need to better promote it as well as better promote Southtown.

New logo, signage, etc.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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They also need to better promote it as well as better promote Southtown.

New logo, signage, etc.

AGREED. Southtown needs a better PR department. For a neighborhood that's on the cusp of really blooming, it would help to have people behind it who can not only find the needed funding, but continue to improve the overall space. In some ways, I think Southtown is still really lacking.

It's got massive potential. I just hope for continued new growth.




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Old 02-20-2009, 10:36 AM
 
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It seems to have turned into a mini-Market Square during Fiesta and less and less to do with promoting art.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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But, the REAL question is, will people come? (I would, if I could count on the fact that I wouldn't have some drunken idiot pointing at a really good piece of art and laughing...) I just don't get the feeling that FF would have much success if it didn't have a "block party" atmosphere.

Just my 2 cents...

--Dim
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: South Side
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But, the REAL question is, will people come? (I would, if I could count on the fact that I wouldn't have some drunken idiot pointing at a really good piece of art and laughing...) I just don't get the feeling that FF would have much success if it didn't have a "block party" atmosphere.

Just my 2 cents...

--Dim
There are plenty of people in this town who frequented FF when it WAS all about the art, those people have gradually stopped coming since its turned into a mini-fiesta carnival-esque debacle. (myself and many of my friend included)
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