Thought that I might add a little personal perspective about Traffic: It was a bad place and needs to be shut down.
Normally I would be crying some sort of foul. As a denizen of Patton Alley where my primary hangout, Queen City Cycles, resides I am quite pleased with the city's latest jihad. Traffic club goers are constantly mouthy and rude to everyone downtown, particularly cyclists. I have been verbally assaulted by Trafficers several times, and everyone who frequents the bike shop has a similar story, including my daughter who is nine.Earlier in the evening of the most recent incident a small group on the sidewalk outside Traffic tried to start a fight with my friend Josh, who is one of the owners of Queen City Cycles.
We are trying to encourage a Vibrating, Clean and Safe downtown (vibrant is okay, but vibrating has flavor crystals!). We have weekly rides, we drink heartily at the pubs, we spend our dollars at the shops and eateries that are downtown; we ride with our kids and our kids spend dollars downtown.
You can have an exiting downtown that has bars and family-friendly entertainment. The problem with Traffic is that it openly catered to and encouraged underage drinking. Most of the kids that could be found there were closer to high school than legal drinking age and I can't imagine that they were very strict with their ID policy. The attitude of the place was all tough guy, spring break booty contest.
I am glad that I won't have to deal with Traffic at least for the near term. These are my opinions and are colored by my views of that scene, but trust me, most downtowners that prefer to drink a beer, have some food and enjoy the scene will tell you they are pleased Traffic is on the ropes.
BTW, the suggestions you made regarding staggered close, food and beverage after close and learning from places like Jordan Valley are right on, I'm glad that you are saying it. Too bad the Snooze Leader and the rest of the reactionaries aren't.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
TRAFFIC: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
The Traffic nightclub incident continues to draw comment from readers, like this from Thom:
Got a thought about Traffic and the city's response? Drop it here.