I’ve had some pretty awesome New Years Eve’s. Last year I was with close friends at a great house party, the year before we were at Kells. This year we decided to try out Pioneer Courthouse Square–big mistake! It sucked. Someone is to blame!
Read this article to get a taste of exactly how lame our city commisioner’s office is. Probably the worst part of the article is the author’s attempt to make it sound like the one arrest from last year justifies canceling the event.
I sent the following letter to the editors of the Portland Tribune, Oregonian and Portland Monthly:
UPDATE 1/ 11/05: The Portland Tribune published my letter in the 1/10/05 edition.
The Portland city commissioner’s office casual dismissal of support for the annual New Years Eve program in Pioneer Courthouse Square caused great disappointment in the public that filled the area in the last minutes of 2005.
While the decision to continue to support the First Run & Walk was admirable, both the race and the Pioneer Courthouse Square New Years Celebration have co-existed in years past. Why wasn’t the budget for the celebration reduced and made to rely further upon sponsors rather than canceling an annual Portland tradition?
The registration tent for “racers and their companions only” was empty and poorly placed because runners were at the starting line blocks away at twelve o’clock. As our grouped walked away from the most melodramatic entrance to a new year ever, we remarked upon how sad it was that our city wouldn’t trouble itself to support its public in celebrating something as basic as New Years Eve.