The calm before the storm
I understand the reasoning; the Police Commander explained it.
I saw a Gunsmoke rerun the other day. The heads of the town, Dodge City, asked Marshal Matt Dillon to leave the crazy cowboys alone; there were hundreds coming in to spend money after a long cattle drive. Matt disagreed and felt that he should step in and stop every infraction and fight, but the city leaders didn't want to lose business because whenever Matt got involved, the cowboys would avoid Dodge City and they would spend their money elsewhere.
So Matt stayed away and there were fights, and broken windows and shooting, and lots of things going on. People broke into the stores and it was a mess. After a few nights of this, the city leaders begged Matt to come back and keep the peace. They realized that without laws, they town was unlivable.
I know one issue is the drunk people who leave bottles and stuff all over Matilda Street and Virginia Street and so on, but these barricades will not stop that. So I don't see the point. The whole fun of Halloween has been to congregate right in the middle of town as one big group, now it's being broke up and people are supposed to stay on the sidewalks. I know the point is to keep people moving and not all congregated in one area.
I'm hoping the next Commissioner who comes into office allows the Grove to be the Grove. In 150 years, it's been the place to be and in the past eight it's been killed little by little. The next Commissioner needs to back off and let it be.
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