I'm sure that I've read it on here somewhere before, but didn't the original plans for metropark contain a design for a real amphitheater?
And weren't those original plans deterred by the same people across the river for the same reasons, noise?
Dogwalker, I believe, was part of the group that was against it, but I could be mistaken.
Nope, you are not mistaken about my involvement in stopping the amphitheater. You are mistaken to think it was a part of the original plan for Metropolitan Park. It was a scheme cooked up by Rick Mullaney to benefit some friends of his. He was also going transfer a public park over to ownership by a private corporation.
He was chief of staff to Delaney at the time and got caught hiding some correspondence that he should have revealed to numerous public records requests. Rather than see him prosecuted, the mayor decided to drop the whole thing. I think it was a major embarrassment to Delaney.
The issue at the time WAS noise. The concerts were going to be more numerous (50 per year), later at night (1AM) and louder than they are now. The 11PM limit was put in as part of the settlement over the amphitheater.
St. Nicholas and San Marco can really get blasted with the sound when the river and weather conditions are just right. Wind from the west, low cloud cover and smooth water makes the music as loud on the other side of the river as in the park itself. I once measured 92dba in my back yard in St. Nicholas when there was a rock concert in the stadium.
That said, Redman's meat axe approach to the problem is ridiculous. Speaker number, orientation and volume control can reduce the overflow sound greatly and the 11PM cutoff time is very reasonable. I lived in the same house for a long time after the amphitheater fiasco and never again found the music to be a problem.
None of us can reasonably expect silence; we do live in a city. I currently live in a commercial area with delivery and trash trucks coming and going at all hours, on a major through street and am close enough to the train tracks to be able to hear the rumble of the engines. I am also with a hundred yards of the I-10/I-95 intersection.
I love it. It is the sound of life in an urban core and I don't won't to live anywhere else.
Music is harder to deal with. It is much harder to put in the background of your consciousness . It is written and performed to demand attention and hits our brain in a different way.
Maybe there are some people who will complain about ANY music coming from the Park, but there are some simple, inexpensive ways to control the spread of the music to satisfy most of the residents who are currently complaining, if indeed it is more than just a few people who live right on the river.
Stopping all concerts in the park is even more idiotic than taking up the chairs and tables in Hemming Plaza and that sets a pretty high (low?) standard for stupidity.