Lights in the Heights: Has It Gotten Out of Hand?
Lights in the Heights: Size does matter
Back in the day, we used to live in a tiny duplex near the corner of Euclid and Norhill; our front window looked out on the esplanade that is now center stage for the annual Lights in the Heights celebration.
We remember when it was a relatively low-key event. Now it's become huge, with the attendant parking and over-celebrating hassles that mad growth in such things can bring.
The Woodland Heights Civic Association is looking to address some of these concerns at a meeting this Saturday, reports Mr. Heights himself, Martin Hajovsky.
Among the items to be discussed, according to an e-mail invitation:
How does the neighborhood envision the event?
Street Closures and Streets Involved
Parking including idea of shuttle
Enforcement (Ticketing and Towing)
Public Event on Norhill Esplanade
Rice Owls Mens Basketball vs. St. Thomas University Men's Basketball
TicketsWed., Dec. 21, 7:00pm
Advocare V100 Texas Bowl
TicketsWed., Dec. 28, 8:00pm
Rice Owls Mens Basketball vs. Middle Tennessee State Univ Blue Raiders Mens Basketball
TicketsThu., Jan. 5, 7:00pm
PRCA XTreme Bulls
TicketsFri., Jan. 6, 7:30pm
Sounds like a full agenda.
More than 50,000 people now attend the event, in a neighborhood which definitely isn't designed to easily accommodate a sudden influx of 50,000 people. No one wants to see the thing end -- well, maybe there are some that do -- but at the very least more planning is called for.
The meeting to air concerns and begin hashing it all out is 9 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 3311 Beauchamp.
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