Residents voice concerns about Light Up Louisville

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 6:28 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) -- As downtown Louisville continues to celebrate the holiday season, many are wondering if the move to change the venue for Light up Louisville was a good idea.

Police arrested two juveniles for assault and cited two others for disorderly conduct Friday night. Some Kentuckiana residents say the new location is not family-friendly enough.

“I think Christmas is actually really about children and families. You know I think that down here where it was kind of connects the community together and the kids. Here it’s more about 4th Street Live,” said Geneva Tillman.

The mayor’s office tells WHAS11 they knew moving the location involved huge risks and so far the biggest challenge for the event, which is larger than ever before, is timing. Several people missed the lighting ceremony because the tree was lit more than 10 minutes before it was supposed to.

“This year was a risk you know to give our citizens a snap shot of what will get better with years to come,” said director of special events Joseph MacDonald.

Some residents said they like the new venue and are not concerned about the location.
 
“I don’t think it is a problem as far as families. You just down here early. We’ll be gone by 7 o’clock so once the 20-somethings come here it will be 10 o’clock at night and all the families will be home in bed,” said Scott Barton.

The Mayor Fischer plans to meet with the special events team to discuss way to make improvements for future years this upcoming week.

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