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Wonderful to see this. Thank you all !
Lil' Mike is always the voice of reason. A very smart guy who knows how important it is to be silly, too. I'm gonna repost your thing to FaceBook, Mike.
Isn't this the last year that it will be on Treasure Island? I thought I heard that somewhere. I'm sure they will continue to have it, as long as it makes money, right? No such thing as a music festival that's a one-time thing. Woodstock doesn't fit today's value$
That's too bad. We did our laundry at the laundromat next to Saigon Deli Sandwich & Taco Valparaiso just so we could eat there while we washed. They will be missed. Good luck to Tony finding a new space.
And at around fifty bucks to attend both days of the festival, the Burger Boogaloo is a great bargain too. And it really is a great community event where everybody has fun, no matter who is playing. Seriously.
I never knew the official name of the place. I call it 'Skank Park.' I have to take the bus on San Pablo Avenue there, mostly after midnight. It's still active at that time- cars constantly pull up to buy/ sell drugs with park people. As a white female, I've never been hassled too much- the occasional aggressive panhandling. It is a very intimidating place, though. Everyone hanging out there is pretty strung out. I occasionally see police cars there, both day and night, but they don't seem to do anything, besides cruise by. Sometimes I catch a cab or a friend will drive me home. When we pass the park, it's embarrassing. I always hear comments about what a bad neighborhood I live in. I don't know what this park renovation will look like, how long it will take, or where those folks will go in the meantime. I'm scared that I will see drug deals go down in front of my building, but I'm more scared that even my 'bad neighborhood' is beginning the process of gentrification. My rent is cheap right now, which is necessary since I only work a part-time job. If I lose my place due to a rent increase or property sale, it's all over for me. I wonder if I will be able to live in Skank Park after the renovation?
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