The new owners are killing the flavor of the Grove
It's interesting to see how new owners have no clue what the Grove is about. Is it a cut and dried cold deal with them when they buy the properties?
It does bring up the question that when things like the Drum Circle event happen, the PointeGroup who manages a lot of the properties, says that it's a "liability issue." These are the exact words used when the peacock sculpture, Nassau Daddy, was removed by the PointeGroup from the corner of Grand and Douglas - it was a liability issue I was told.
The new owners and building managers don't realize that while it's an investment to them, it's home to the rest of us. Once you piss everyone off, you may end up without any customers, then your tenants leave and it's just a vicious circle. It's more than just a portfolio investment to us, and the community is cohesive enough to turn its back on anyone who mocks them.
Whomever is being un-neighborly, whether it's the actual owner or management company, is doing harm; it may just backfire as people will avoid the businesses involved. They may just avoid Commodore Plaza because of hard feelings. I can just imagine the embarrassment that these people at the Drum Circle felt when confronted by the authorities, picture your parents in this situation. These weren't a bunch of kids on skateboards, they were grown, mature adults. This is how the new property owners are treating the residents, is this how they treat their own parents?
If you don't want them on Drum Circle night, then you don't want them in the daytime to spend money there, right? That's how it appears. These people that were harassed and embarrassed on Saturday night are currently the people spending money on Commodore Plaza at other times. They won't anymore if this harassment keeps up.
Moving the Drum Circle now from Commodore Plaza to another area of the Grove is going to leave that corner in pitch darkness. Rather than adding life to the area, it's going to be dark and blah.
In the days of Yelp and Foursquare, I would be polite to consumers (and drummers), not taunt them.
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