The problem with outdoor concerts

11Aug09

Here in Chicago, we have dozens of outdoor concerts and festivals throughout the summer. Tourists love them, but they can be a real pain for those of us who live in downtown. Here are a few reasons why:

– You can hear the music (especially bass) from blocks away.
– The entire area around the event looks like hell for days or weeks afterwards.
– Places like restaurants and stores get insanely crowded during the event.

Could the people in charge of the concerts take steps to mitigate these issues? Sure. But I don’t think they care enough to bother. And by the time concerned citizens’ groups convince lawmakers to put new rules into place, the concert promoters have probably moved onto the next town anyway.



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