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August 17, 2009

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I was also incredibly dissapointed by Summer in the City. It did nothing to embrace downtown, and instead estranged it. It choked off the city streets, and cut off access to the downtown shops. If I were a shop owner, I would be especially upset by this "festival."

I paid $10 to go see a great band, and it was the most sterile, soulless venue I've ever experienced.

I hope the organizers re-evaluate the purpose of this festival and open it up to be the lively, people-welcoming, Salem-celebrating event it should be!

Da Vinci days in Corvallis, many events at Portland's Tom McCall park are likewise fenced off. Yes, some is alcohol. Legally, a restaurant cannot have an outdoor cafe that serves alcohol without a fence, but some is economics. These things aren't for free and if people aren't willing to pay who go there, who is supposed to pay? Those who didn't want to attend?

I have to admit, I did pay on Sunday to get a full review on the event (still working on that). I watched Pepe & the Bottle Blondes and was a little irritated at how cramped I felt. There was no room to get up and dance with the chairs, pushing people, and tables. I remember Pepe even commenting on how "intimate" the venue was, not a good set up for Salsa.

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