Do you remember Mr. Wilson? He was the retired postal carrier and Dennis the Menace’s next-door neighbor. He had hoped to retire after service as a postman to lead a “serene, quiet life.” Dennis, however, frequently interrupted his attempts to garden, collect coins, and even take a bath in peace. Mr. Wilson is best known for yelling, “Hey, kid, get off my lawn!”
There is a battle brewing in Royal Oak. On one side stands Mr. Wilson. He’s lived here for a long time. He doesn’t go to BlackFinn or Pronto! for a drink. He gets cranky when he sees a bunch of up-to-no-good-twenty-somethings loudly heading home from an evening out. Heck, he even gets mad when the Royal Oak Clay, Glass, & Metal Show gets too loud.
Wait, you say, the Clay, Glass, and Metal festival!? You read that correctly, the rowdy crowds at the Clay, Glass, and Metal Show are the latest menace to peace and prosperity in downtown Royal Oak.
More on the latest R.O. Drama!, after the jump . . .
Steve Kowalski, Hometown Life’s “eccentric staff writer” (cool title, eh?), reports that a downtown resident living on the 400 block of South Washington was so upset by the racket at the festival held this past June 12-14, that he has asked the City Commission to require organizers to end the live entertainment earlier than midnight.
I sincerely hope for the benefit of the community we don’t have bands playing outside until midnight again. People heard music as far as seven-tenths of a mile away. If you’re encouraging people to live in the downtown of the city, careful consideration should be given (to this request). –Concerned Citizen
In a separate incident the same weekend, apparently Commissioner Michael Andrzejak spotted a noisy saxophonist playing on the street at, gasp, 12:35 a.m.! Quell Horreur! Next we’ll have drugs and gangs! You gotta cut those saxophonists off before they get out of control. Check out the rest of Steve’s article, here, for the deets.
While I don’t know this concerned citizen and acknowledge that he may have a legitimate gripe, there are many of us here in the silent majority that choose to live in downtown Royal Oak because we want a lively little city below our window. I, too, live on South Washington. I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the festival weekend — from the arts and crafts vendors, to the food stalls, to the music, and even the crowds! (Anyone else notice all of the FOR LEASE signs around town right now – some crowds coming into the city to spend some dough *might* just be a good thing, no?)
What do you think about the future of our downtown? Do you side with Mr. Wilson, who wants a serene little city with manicured lawns and minimal disruptions? Or are you on Dennis the Menace’s side (a twenties-plus version of Dennis, of course, who likes to eat, drink, and be merry)?
My vote’s with Dennis, of course. You want peace and quiet? Huntington Woods is right over there, across Woodward. You can even come visit us when you need to have some fun! What’s your vote?
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