What is good for the goose is good for the gander it is said and I do not understand why someone in city hall believes that street musicians on Main will take away from the gated activities inside the footprint of Arts Beats and Eats. Its bad enough for businesses on Main and adjacent side streets that parking is taken away so the city can pay off the one hundred thousand dollars it gives Mr.Witz as his fee for bringing his event downtown. As I said before in a previous comment I am hoping he is REALLY listening this time and trying to adjust some of his policies that overstep and adversely affect businesses and residents alike. Last year Jahi, a guitarist who plays occasionally downtown (his photo is up in EMagine), was approached by police for simply tuning his non amplified guitar outside of the Caribou where he was going to play. What is ridiculous is that most street performers do not bother to come because of the cost prohibitive parking. Apparently no sale tables are permitted to be put out either by local businesses but they can sell water? If what Mr. Witz told me is true about his not being involved with the street musician prohibition then it is city hall that is taking his demands a step further. If surrounding residents can put up with all the noise from bands, helicopters and media I cannot see why the city and and AB&E cannot tolerate the two or three musicians who are willing to pay the fifteen dollar parking fee for the privilege of performing on Main Street for tips. Main Street's businesses are supposed to benefit from AB&E not suffer from an intentionally created dead zone.
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