Comment 41623

By Papa Wheelie (anonymous) | Posted June 07, 2010 at 08:59:53

TnT: "doesn't Locke street have an amazing festival like this too?"

There are certainly precedents for festival-related street closures: Dundas' Buskerfest this past weekend, but also BIA fests on Concession Street (June), Locke Street (mid-Sept), Westdale (09/12/10), Ferguson Street and Ottawa Street (Sept).

Not that there's anything wrong with those events, but the great thing about Open Streets is that it's somewhat open source. There's not much in the way of predetermined rules of engagement, so you have room to interpret the environment in your own way.

A central benefit of this approach is that you get an honest reflection of the character of the street rather than an impersonation of what a successful urban neighbourhood is supposed to look and act like. Another is that it's during daylight hours, which changes the energy and personality of the street. The crawls are fine but the dusk-onward look and feel of a street is only one aspect of its personality. The open-air markets at the cathedral can be similarly revelatory.

Kudos to those who did spend money, too. Although it's not strictly necessary to having a good time with your neighbours, financial support is doubtless welcome. I'm sure James North would like to avoid being typecast as the entertainment destination of choice for the cash-strapped.

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