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Re: “A few shows and a lot of land: Should Raleigh sell Walnut Creek Amphitheater?

My main problem with Walnut Creek is getting to and from the show - safely. If you like to enjoy alcohol when you go to shows, you are completely screwed at Walnut Creek. If my partner and go, we will both enjoy beverages. A downtown show and we can get cabs, buses home. There are no buses to WC, no bike lanes, no hotels. How would you possibly get a cab from there? Impossible with the slew of vehicles and nuthouse of getting in and out there. I have only been to one show there, and while it was a complete blast, only because of the music, I much prefer to see a show at Red Hat because it is a SAFER option - people can say all day that they have a DD, but tons of alcohol gets sold at these shows and I don't think everyone is driving home sober. More should be done not just to focus on getting the most revenue, but making people ABLE to make better decisions after they go to a show and drink - like having buses, cabs available, hotels to stay in closely (again - even trying to get a cab the five miles downtown would be a nightmare) (we are from Durham and often stay the night in Raleigh for a good show to reduce the hassle of getting home later). Downtown makes those things a possibility, but with more people not wanting to rely on their cars, this is another facet that will make WC more outdated.

Posted by jma on 10/29/2014 at 9:26 PM

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