Your article on Fourthfest ["Fourth and Goal," Music, July 1] and your Selections item on the I-4 Fest were a passive-aggressive spew on the local music scene. Did you have a hangover the morning you wrote these? Or was it that your perspective was obscured by your nose being up the ass of Chris Cucci?
It serves no purpose to disrespect our communities' hardworking musicians and independent business owners. Your desire to turn a phrase and stir up trouble left you looking more clown than journalist. I hope you will work a bit harder in the future to check your ego, balance your bias, correctly represent the facts, and show more respect for the music.
Reading a paper copy of the weekly I found it somewhat amusing that in an issue with the Gulf oil spill plastered across the front, subtitled "Why we should give up oil," ["Crude Awakening," June 24], I found a (yet another) column complaining about the increase in parking rates at the new arena [Happytown, June 24]. I realize it probably wasn't coordinated, but let's take a step back and put these two things together. Increasing parking rates will encourage people to carpool, bike or take public transportation (including SunRail when it finally opens). That saves gasoline, reduces our oil dependence and leaves the parking spaces (and less-congested roadway lanes) for those who really don't have an option.
I'm simplifying it a bit – the results will have to do with the total parking availability in the area and the pricing of all parking – but basically following Don Shoup's guidelines leads to the most efficient and environmentally friendly outcome short of giving up cars entirely: www.raisethehammer.org/article/072.
Thinning out the cars will also make it easier to get in and out of the area before and after games, even potentially reducing traffic on I-4. Even moving cars to parking garages a short walk away should thin the glut. Moreso if, as the city hopes, people linger and "post-game," meaning they won't all try to leave at exactly the same time.
Even if the same number of cars come (unlikely) but there's less congestion, then there will be less gas burned because cars stuck in traffic have 0 mpg.
Speaking of a short walk: It was about 1,000 feet to get from the exit of the old Amway to the end of the parking garages; it's about the same distance from the new Arena to Orange Avenue. So even "off site" parking may not be any farther than "on-site" parking at the old arena, so not really a "captive audience" at all.
If a four-seater is filled, the parking is $5 a head. That's less than the surcharges on Ticketmaster or the same as a good beer with tip. Shut up and make some friends. Shouldn't you have a DD anyway?
The city's not helping anyone, except a few lucky folks who lottery into the available spaces, by lowering prices below the going rate downtown. Note on the current Amway website that it says parking is "sold out" for Magic Games. What good is cheap parking if you can't get it?
Finally, the city's garage will now have to compete with all the other area parking garages so if they really charge too much they'll lose money because people will vacate and park elsewhere. Best, http://myurbangeneration.wordpress.com
Much thanks for the review of "Double Exposure, African-Americans Before and Behind the Camera." [Culture 2 Go, Feb. 17] I clipped it from the issue of your paper.
Finally, on the very last day of the exhibit, I went up to the Southeast Museum of Photography. Am I ever glad I did!
Diana Mitchell;; firstname.lastname@example.org
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