Comment of the Day: The Year Lights in the Heights Fell Apart

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We wrote about the upcoming changes at Lights in the Heights, the once-charmingly low-key Christmas event in the Woodland Heights that has become overcrowded and chaotic.

One resident described the change.

mollusk wrote:

I too live at LITH ground zero, and have done so since it started. I do not now nor have I ever owned a Subaru, though I've rented one on occasion. I enjoy having a good time, which often includes the use of adult beverages. Shoot, I've even had an ice luge in the front yard a time or three. That said, however...

LITH gradually grew over the years. Last year, however, suddenly went beyond a tipping point. For a couple hours at least, it wasn't even possible to limit traffic to the street and sidewalks, much less keep the luminaria lit. My dogs, who normally love seeing people, were downright terrified. A few friends who'd come over to do the walk ended up just sheltering in place. And I would love to personally brain whoever came up with the brilliant idea for food trucks - picking up that debris was just delightful.

I've enjoyed the tradition, and think it's normally way easier to live with than to be in one of those neighborhoods where the uniform themed lights get sold with the house, so scores of people can drive past slowly for weeks on end. But criminey, we've got to have some sort of happy medium here.


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