Earlier I complained about the disregard for the locals that comes with Sunset Junction and Cybele just made an amazing comment full of suggestions so I thought it deserved it’s own post so as not to be overlooked. Her list:
1. Publicize ways to get to the street fair. The biggest complaint locals have is the parking congestion and drunk folks puking on their front lawns. That means put a page or links on their webspace that shows good places to park (hell, even arrange some distant lots and shuttles) as well as info on public transportation options.
2. Be more transparent about where that $10 “donation” goes.
3. Be more conscientious about the neighbors and their desire for peace and quiet – this means figuring out a way to set up and break down the fair with a minimum of noise and interruption.
4. Communicate more with the people in the neighborhood. Inform them of street closure hours ahead of time.
5. Put up a map of the festival – where are the entrances/exits? What are the rules? If you’re going to hassle people about pets or cameras or strollers – please put it on the website. If you require ID for folks to drink or go near the places where alcohol is sold, make sure people know that. Some of us think that we look old enough to drink and even if we’re not buying we should be able to stand next to someone who is.