ATLANTA -- Music Midtown drew tens of thousands of people to Piedmont Park last year, despite a daylong rain that nearby residents say, left much of the muddy park unusable for weeks afterward. That damage is just one reason that the neighborhood association surrounding the city's largest park is objecting to this year's Music Midtown.
"What happened last year, with the torrential rains and the way it tore up the park, is an ongoing issue for us," said Terry Bond, president of the Midtown Neighbors' Association. "We think it's too big for the park."
Bond says the other issues are traffic and parking. Last year, the city closed 10th Street for the festival and, he says, routed traffic through neighborhoods that were too small to handle it.
Parking is another issue. There's almost never enough of it at Piedmont Park. Routing traffic through the neighborhood clogs it with illegal parking, he says.
"(The city is) really saying, here's your parking lot. The neighborhood-- the historic Midtown neighborhood is where you're going to park," Bond said. "And for Music Midtown, that is way too many people this neighborhood."
Atlanta police issued a statement urging Music Midtown patrons to take MARTA. The statement also said that APD "will not intentionally route any traffic down a one-way street" and that police and "PARK Atlanta (will) have additional personnel on site to ticket and tow when appropriate."