Ever since March 22, when a group of teenagers wreaked havoc downtown, too many people have been ready to write Louisville's center city off as some kind of deadly "No Man's Land," where young criminals rule the streets and law-abiding folks would be foolish to be caught after nightfall. Fearful predictions were made about far worse disturbances that might happen during Thunder over Louisville. The police were accused of being ineffective. And countless people took to Internet message boards to loudly proclaim that from now on they'd only venture downtown armed - if at all.
So what exactly happened last Saturday that was so horrible?
Pretty much nothing.
As we do every year, hundreds of thousands of local residents and out-of-town visitors -- black and white -- spent an entire day shoulder-to-shoulder watching an air show under a hot sun, saw a spectacular fireworks display after dark, and then went their separate ways in peace when the show was over.
This doesn't mean we should stop being concerned about race relations or youth violence in our city. But this past weekend's celebration provides persuasive evidence that the events of March 22 were the exception, not the rule.
Downtown Louisville isn't perfect, but it remains a truly great place to live, work and play. And those few who stayed away Saturday because of irrational fears were the ones who missed out.
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I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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