I'm not really sure how the "problem is more about location than quantity." Obviously, Piedmont, Centennial and Central Park are appealing because they're centrally located but plenty of people also go to Lakewood and Chastain for shows.
"The funding that these festivals provide actually helps in maintaining and potentially expanding park space in the metro area." Can you support this with any data?
In terms of new parks, someday the Westside Reservoir Park will be an ideal option for concerts as would a park at Fort McPherson since they're both relatively close to a Marta line, but either way, my suggestion is that their potential concert space should either be a separate area (like Chastain) or only used for free, public concerts.
The practice I'm opposed to is taking an area that's generally open to the public and randomly blocking it off, charging people to get in and (often) damaging it or rendering it unusable for weeks after the show.
Also, I was referring to NYC's Central Park Summer Stage: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summers…
The other delusion is the belief that enough corporate sponsorship would materialize to free-itize these events (wouldn't that be nice!).
@eRosewater How do you think all the old festivals listed in the piece (that were free) were paid for? How do you think Central Park Summerfest (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) is paid for?
Its corporate and private sponsorship.
The point is that it's time for the City of Atlanta to draw the line when it comes to private, fee-based events in existing public parks. Atlanta is already short on parks so if the city wants to reap the benefits of a fee-based event they need to add additional space(s) for that. Chastain Amphitheater is the perfect model. It just needs to be duplicated on a larger scale.
All I feel entitled to are the "public parks" my tax dollars help pay for. At Central Park's Summerstage and hundreds of other major park concerts around the world, the costs are covered by the city and corporate sponsors. All I hoped was that Outkast would have found a way to make that accommodation instead of closing the park off. The Allman Brothers used to play free shows in Piedmont Park just for the hell of it (and that it's a damn good way to endear yourself to fans.)
I have a strong suspicion the author's decision to move to Capital View was merely an excuse to gather "material" for this pathetic piece. Although, I'll admit the quote below does impressively sum up my feelings after struggling through this shining example in racial and socio-economic privilege:
"I have a special reserve of fiery loathing for people who roll into a neighborhood of which they possess no knowledge, pull out their white-hot indignity at the first sign of anything uncomfortable or unfamiliar to them, and proceed to bitch endlessly about it."
Unbelievable. I can only hope that was meant as some ironically well-disguised self-loathing. Shame on CL for publishing this shit.
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