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Was it the food, the Gandy Dancer, music?

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That it happened!  I wasn't able to attend, but I read the press--what great publicity!  Congrats to all, which excludes myself, for all their work.

Faves:

Free live music.  And most of it was pretty good too.

Meeting neighbors and business proprietors in the 'hood. 

Learning about more businesses I had no idea were within walking distance.

Meeting and speaking with you James and the Mayor. 

Gandy Dancer was a fun, unique attraction. 

The bridge over the tracks was an excellent idea.

Bike-centric, with tune-ups and parking racks.

Kids always seem to love face-painting so that was cool.

Funny carrot and beet photo op.

Cafe Con Leche / Cuban food truck (to die for!! would give just about anything to have him move into the neighborhood...though my arteries could probably do without it...)

More recycle trash bins than non-recycle.

Fresh mint limeade and macaroons.  Super yum.

Frida's and Rico of course.  More yum.

Info on the community garden.

Port-a-loo.

 

Unfaves:

I'd like to have seen a more diverse crowd.  Maybe having a Latin band and/or artwork next time could help draw in some more of our Mexican and Salvadorean neighbors.  (Did Pupusas have a stand there and I missed it?) (not that i needed to eat more food!!)

 

Probably costs too much to do this, but I'd like to see the street closed down to cars during the event.   ...Although that would pose a problem for the cab company.  Hmm...tough one.

 

"Live art" of another nature than graffiti next time around.  I have tremendous appreciation for graffiti art but promoting it on a somewhat abandoned block is a sticky wicket.  Tag wars can quickly turn beautiful and/or intriguing art into something resembling a war zone, including human casualties. 

 

Thank you for giving us a forum to share our impressions of the event. 

"I'd like to have seen a more diverse crowd.  Maybe having a Latin band and/or artwork next time could help draw in some more of our Mexican and Salvadorean neighbors.  (Did Pupusas have a stand there and I missed it?) (not that i needed to eat more food!!)"

 

couldn't agree more with this. its too bad there wasn't a better showing with them. We'll have to make sure to get them involved in future invents I think.

OK just got back in town so sorry for the delay. I agree, the diversity wasn't as rich as we expected. We really tried to make an effort to reach out to the Latin community in the area. Invited businesses (glad the produce Superbodega participated), citizens, reached out to other nonprofits in in the area to help get the word out.

El Viroleno, the pupusa place on 800 South doesn't have a food cart, so they couldn't sell food at the Block Party (I did get some video of them in action that will be coming out shortly in Granary video soon.)

We'll have to do a better job in moving forward to have everyone involved in the resurrection of the District.

 

Everything was fantastic.... that said. I loved the Graffiti Wall.
I know, the graffiti wall was amazing. They just finished it up last week. I'll post pictures.

My favorite part was having so many people around. Like a big urban hug, haha. I studied faces and people seemed genuinely happy to be there. 

 

The bands were awesome! Loved the singer in the overalls.

I also liked helping out with the Gandy dancer, I think everyone enjoyed riding it. 

Live graffiti was awesome.

I tried ..Cruzin' Sushi, I believe that is what it was called. So good!

Some have mentioned the publicity.. ya! Ralph Becker was there? I had no idea. I love him! Did anyone see us on Fox news? I spoke to some of the council members, I thought that was especially great that they were there. 

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