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  • The watering down of America

       October 07, 2010

    I get angry whenever I read a story like this. Basically, a bunch of suburbanites buy condos in an urban area and then piss and moan when their new neighborhoods aren't as clean & quiet as the suburbs:

    Curt Brink said he wants to open a new spot for casual dining and entertainment in a long-vacant building at 111 W. Main St. that would complement Genna’s Lounge, Tornado Steak House, The Frequency nightclub and other nearby venues.

    The Retro Tavern would provide a place where patrons could have something to eat, listen to live music and still talk to each other on one floor, or play pool or classic pinball machines on an upper level, Brink said. A lower level would be reserved for private parties.

    Brink opened the Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave., four and half years ago with his son, Matt, who serves as general manger, a role he would also have at the Retro Tavern.

    But Dave Baskerville said he and other residents of the neighboring Baskerville and other nearby condominiums are asking “How much is enough?” when it comes to the noise, property damage and other problems associated with the bars already there.

    “We’ve got a lot of bars on our corner,” Baskerville said. “Two-thirty, you get a lot of people out yelling and some vomiting.”

    Baskerville counts eight establishments with liquor licenses in a two-block stretch of West Main Street and two adjacent blocks of South Hamilton and South Carroll streets, which also includes the Paradise Lounge, Shamrock Bar, Brocach Irish Pub, Best Western Inn on the Park and Nostrano’s, which is opening in the former Peppino’s location.

    This little corner of Madison has always had bars. These silly residents are objecting to a bar taking over a the space of a former bar that has sat empty for over a decade.

    When you bought your condo next to a block of bars, what in the world did you expect?

    These NIMBY's want the excitement and flavor of urban life, but they want to be the only ones able to enjoy. They want bars & restaurants close and convenient to them, but they certainly don't want anyone else visiting the neighborhood to enjoy them. These are exactly the kind of people that ruin the character of the city. They are the reason that downtowns are less vibrant and full of chain establishments. They need to go back to the suburbs.

    Posted by kris at October 7, 2010 10:07 AM

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    #  October 7th, 2010 10:50 AM      james
    Top on my list of obnoxious NIMBY's: People who buy a house next to an Interstate Highway at a reduced price then bitch and moan until the city builds them a privacy wall.  
    #  October 7th, 2010 11:01 AM      kris
    I enjoy the people who live by Camp Randall and then act surprised that it's a madhouse in the area on gameday.

    I have some occasionally loud establishments directly across the street from me. I knew that going in and that's fine. My only objection was when one of the establishments decided to loudly powerwash their equipment for about 4 hours on an otherwise lovely Sunday. The power washer and associated generator was approximately as loud as a jackhammer.

    I think you can object to unexpected noise like that, but not something you fully know going in.

    But oh well, I guess it's easier to bitch until you get your way and until downtowns across America are covered with Applebees and Starbucks.  
    #  October 7th, 2010 11:44 AM      BVBigBro
    I like the people that think everything their generation created is "historic" and thus their creations and "character" must be preserved by future generations at the expense of those future generations.  



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