Cruising Ban: A Work Still in Progress (5/18/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Cruising Ban: A Work Still in Progress (5/18/06)

Many people - especially Broadway merchants - are loudly complaining about this year's Derby cruising ban. They say overly stringent traffic restrictions made it almost impossible to connect with customers the entire weekend. And many insist the crackdown was not only a mistake, but also discriminatory.

But a year ago, most people calling for a cruising ban were West End residents and merchants themselves. They complained the gridlock kept them from getting to and from their homes, and - yes - patrons from getting to their businesses.

In other words, they couldn't live with the cruising, but now they can't live without it.

It seems to me the ban worked out pretty well for the area's residents. And as for cries of "discrimination," anyone who remembers the annual - mostly white --debauchery along Central Avenue that was shut down several years ago knows that's just bunk.

But Broadway's business operators do raise several valid points. Facing a virtual shutdown on what should be one of their biggest days is a price no one should have to pay.

Metro government, the police and West End residents and merchants need to start discussing possible alternatives now that will fix this flaw.

It can be done. But it'll take cooperation - not finger pointing.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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