Sunset Junction Aftermath Suck Report

Now that Suckset Juction is finally over and my neighborhood streets are clearing out again it’s time for the after-festival-annoyances that only those of us within earshot of Sunset get to enjoy every year. You see Sunset being a pretty big road that a lot of people drive on needs to be wide open again before first thing in the morning, which means all the stages and booths need to be disassembled tonight. What’s really cool is that the disassemblers had a skill for throwing these metal pipes which made up all those structures around in the noisiest fashion possible. So rather than the crappy music that has been blasting through my windows I now get to listen to *klang-crash-Klang* all night long. The beautiful thing to look forward to is that tomorrow is the furthest away the next Sunset Junction will be all year.

22 Replies to “Sunset Junction Aftermath Suck Report”

  1. Yes! I so remember that very klanging when I lived a block south of the Sanborn Stage. Though I’m physically closer to Sunset now I’m way out of earshot… but not far enough to our of reach of the park-and-walk tards who meandered back late and then rather than just getting in their rides and leaving like good little hipsters, decided to congregate around their car and loudly recount the days festivities ad nauseum until I finally had to tranq dart all of them and tie them up in the basement for The Gimp to figure out what to do with them when they come to. Recount THAT muzzafuzzas.

  2. Why so negative about Sunset Junction? I was thrilled that for once when I walked around my neighborhood, there were others WALKING to and from the event and enjoying their community. I think an event like this that brings diverse folks together–with fun food and music (gotta love the spontaneous street dance parties outside the reggae/ice cream truck, UponShop, and the DJ stage)–should be celebrated, not complained about. I for one don’t mind putting up with a little extra noise so that Angelenos can actually interact instead of hiding in their air-conditioned apartments and cars all weekend.

  3. I actually enjoy the event quite a bit and look forward to it when summer rolls around. I guess there may be some inconvenience if you live in the vicinity, but hell, it’s only two days a year. I wish I were close enough to walk!

  4. here’s an idea…find another place to live if you don’t like it? Sunset Junction was probably there long before you, my dear.

  5. FYI “Yes” is AKA Adam, Hanna, But, Yo Mamma Says, SHPanky, and a few other fake names used on here to complain about the content of posts. Here’s another idea, if you don’t like us so much, stop reading!

  6. Wow! You told him, Sean, AKA Bonner, S.Bo, Seanny, Bonny, Bonneroo, Seanticle, etc.! Maybe you could answer his question instead?
    I imagine Sunset Junction can be annoying, but it was there first. I’m pretty sure that there are plenty of places to live in this town that don’t have any noisy, irritating cultural events going on. That’s not exactly the area to live in if you want to avoid “hipsters”.

    I guess it’s because the lineup was pretty lame this year? If only Sonic Youth would play again…

  7. Good question Phill, AKA Pill, Phillster, Mr. Phill, Phillinheimer – when I moved to Silver Lake almost 4 years ago I had never heard of Sunset Junction, and certainly never heard that I would be effected by it. I didn’t receive the official “welcome to Silver Lake” letter informing me of all these kinds of things so the first time I heard about it was one day when I came home from work to find the entire block packed with cars. Line up has nothing to do with it, if it was 100% bands I loved I’d perhaps conplain less about hearing it inside my house but the parking would still be an issue. What bothers me is the complete disregard for people who actually live there by the people visiting for the event and that’s an issue regardless of how long the event has been going on or who is playing the show. And I never liked Sonic Youth.

  8. Almost every major neighborhood in Los Angeles has some type of cultural fair or activity, from weekly farmer’s markets to big blow-out events like Sunset Junction, the Lotus Festival, Gay Pride, etc. The inconveniences that come from such events cannot be ignored, but a more constructive venue for airing such feedback might be a letter or phone call to the organizers themselves. That way, next year’s event(s) might be less disruptive. Give it a try, and see if anything positive comes out of it.

  9. I’ve lived in Silverlake since 1993 – I didn’t move here because it was HIP, I moved here because I thought the location was ideal, I could actually walk to many places, the weather was better than Sherman Oaks, we had friends nearby and the price was pretty good ($1K/month for the bottom half of a duplex with a yard).

    For the record, I didn’t notice people parking on our street in order to ATTEND the festival until about 2000.

    What I suggest is that the Sunset Junction street fair pay a little more attention to its neighbors, and it wouldn’t be hard to do. Here are a couple of suggestions:

    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.

    I didn’t go this year, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I’m not saying that the street fair is a bad thing, it’s just not my thing.

  10. I love how everything has to be all sunshine and roses all the time to some people. Nope, no complaining out of you Sean – you haven’t lived in Silver Lake since the dawn of time so you have no right to complain about noise or crappy bands or no parking or car alarms or blocked roads or drunk people yelling on the street or cars blocking driveways. How dare you! Next time, don’t waste your time on a community blog…just privately write a letter so it can “constructively” be ignored.

  11. Yeah what a way to build a community rapport by calling it a “suckfest” and dismissing everyone as a “trucker hat” wearing “bad tatoo” sporting hipster. Real constructive criticism going on there… If you are going to write juvenile posts putting down the festival attendees like the ones he has been posting be prepared to have people snip right back. Seriously though he seems to be having a problem with the retorts people have been posting on here, maybe he should read your posts caryn? Peace!

  12. Not everything has to be constructive criticism – sometimes you just need to complain! Are we really taking calling Sunset Junction street fair a “suckfest” this seriously? Come on…

  13. It would be nice if his posts were actually humorous but his postings come off dry and atagonistic. what did you expect?

  14. What’s to expect? Sean IS dry and antagonistic – bless his little heart. What, we’re supposed to accept and respect the diversity of Sunset Junction attendees but not someone on bla?

  15. Caryn wrote:

    (caryn on Aug 29, 2005 4:55 PM) What’s to expect? Sean IS dry and antagonistic – bless his little heart. What, we’re supposed to accept and respect the diversity of Sunset Junction attendees but not someone on bla?

    Why yes, my pretty – it’s high time you learned the truth about the Ultimage Fascists – the peace-loving hippies (and now their sniveling offspring: the newly political hipsters)! They want everyone to be open and tolerant of everything – except when THEY brand something as negative or critical. Then all bets are off and how dare you….

    Harsh their mellow at your own risk, for they are a disorganized and lazy bunch with the attention spans of gnats and who can’t find their own asses with both hands. And if you rile them, well, they might just come and attack you – from the comfort of their keyboards (courtesy of Starbucks’ free wifi) that is.

  16. Yes, sometimes “complaining” feels good … but won’t it feel even better if you know someone is LISTENING? The comments throughout this thread should be strung together (i.e., copied) and sent to the organizers and local councilmembers. Community blogs have A LOT of power, but ONLY if they’re being read and shared with those who can make a difference. Hmmmmm, are any of those people listening?

  17. *sean mentions*FYI “Yes” is AKA Adam, Hanna, But, Yo Mamma Says, SHPanky, and a few other fake names used on here to complain about the content of posts. Here’s another idea, if you don’t like us so much, stop reading!

    Oooh ZING, you got me there big guy! Didn’t know I upset you enough for you to bother looking at ip addresses to find out who I am. But to be honest, I ‘ve been lurking on this blog for a while now, hoping it would be more about upcoming events in Los Angeles. Seems like you have an excellent opportunity here to promote interseting things to do and see in LA yet waste it on bad parking and terrible radio stations.

    I enjoyed Sunset Junction (besides the shitty parking), and think it’s a GREAT COMMUNITY event. Why not, instead of bitching about how disruptive this festival is, TWO DAYS OUT OF YOUR YEAR, you appreciate the fact that you get a chance to interface with your next door neighbors. If you don’t want that, go back to frigging Hollywood or West LA where no one can identify you among the other thousands of anonymous, starbucks drinkin, SUV driving asshats you’re so fond of bitching about as well?

    Oh well, I get more productive info on the goings-ons in LA at Boing Boing, so I guess I’m done with this site till you guys figure out how to properly represent the city you’re supposed to be so proud of.

  18. Adam – sorry to disappoint you there but blogging.la IS NOT an events listing site. Never was, that’s not what we are trying to do, as there’s plenty of other sites that focus on that kind of thing and do it well. It’s not our goal. If that’s your major complaint, that’s kind of like going to ebay and being pissed off that there’s not funny flash animations – that’s not the point of the site. The whole concept, and point of this site is to have a place for several people to talk about life in the city be that loving it or hating it, and that’s it, which is what we are doing.

  19. “go back to frigging Hollywood or West LA where no one can identify you among the other thousands of anonymous, starbucks drinkin, SUV driving asshats you’re so fond of bitching about as well?”

    Hey…i’ve lived in Westwood and currently now in W.Hollywood, and i take personal offense to this comment! I don’t drink starbucks coffee, or drive a SUV….in fact, i don’t drive at all! ;)

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