I was so excited to attend theTrans-Siberian Orchestra last night at the Veterans Memorial Arena. If you haven’t seen them in person, put it on your bucket list. It’s one of the most amazing concerts you will ever attend.
My sweetheart and I grabbed a bite to eat and then jumped in the car to head to the concert. I live just over the bridge from the Arena and it should have been a quick trip. It wasn’t.
Downtown was a parking lot. Cars moved at a snails pace, people were getting frustrated and all of us in line had the feeling we would be late for the concert.
I kept looking around and NOT ONE POLICE OFFICER COULD BE FOUND. There was no one directing the traffic jam — no one. As I sat in the car trying to stay calm, I remembered this had happened another time but the excuse was it was at the same time as the fair. There was no fair last night.
And yep, we were late to the concert AND we had to walk 6 blocks because all the parking was gone by the time we got there. Cars were all over the place looking for parking and it was absolutely a disaster.
I fumed thinking about all the big plans our leaders have for the city YET they can’t manage parking? Absolutely ridiculous for the citizens of this community to be involved in bottle neck traffic when the leaders knew this concert was in town. And it was a sell out!!
We finally found the police cars. They were sitting outside the front of the Arena and no police officer could be found there either. Not sure where the guys in blue were but they certainly weren’t out there helping their fellow residents get to where they needed to go last night.
We pay a ton of taxes and those taxes should help our fellow citizens navigate roads when events are in town. What happened last night should never have happened. The arena, the city leaders and the sheriff’s office deserve a stink on this one. Anticipation of this parking jam should have been considered and fixed.
Mayor and other city leaders: You keep saying we need to fix downtown and become the big city we were meant to be. Before making all those big plans how about doing one simple thing – manage traffic. That should be easy, shouldn’t it?
Oh well, it was a fun night anyway because we spent it with good friends at an amazing location. The arena is an amazing location! We seem to make the best of things and at this time of year, we need to. Enjoy your holidays and make sure you leave a couple of hours earlier than usual if you are heading downtown for an event. Just breathe and listen to some soothing music. That should make all the holiday stress a little better.