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Posted on September 5 at 12:29 p.m.
now that "public union" has shown up in the Comments, we can all go home.
but do stop off in the Funk Zone to see the work of the artists and artisans who have studios and galleries there. it isn't just about alcohol and condos, and despite the grumbling about what was and is and might be, there's still enough life in the 'Zone to make a trip worthwhile. the next Second Saturday Funk Zone Art Walk is Saturday Sept 13, 1-5.
On Developer to Save Funk Zone
Posted on August 25 at 3:01 p.m.
A turkey burger at the Paradise, in your honor.
On The S.B. Questionnaire: Randy Rowse
Posted on August 25 at 2:37 p.m.
JJ, Sorry to say, but I never accused you of saying that bums had been "eliminated," so you need to read more carefully or stop using your false claims about what other people supposedly said as an excuse for your evasions. I just asked for your data that their population is declining and any reason to believe there is direct correlation between this supposed fact and increased tourist dollars.
Posted on August 25 at 1:55 p.m.
JJ, I said that the bums are still there, yet tourism revenue is up. Please spell out the correlation you believe that I'm making, as opposed to pointing to two pieces of empirical evidence that question the negative correlation that others have made between the presence of bums and the presence of tourists.
In contrast, you stated one supposed fact ("bum population goes down"), one verifiable fact (tourism revenue is up), and a supposed "direct correlation" via an intermediary factor ("clean-up efforts"). What is your support for these suppositions?
If I did want to offer a correlation that makes more sense than one claiming that tourists are coming because they somehow heard that the bums are going, it would be that the effect of the recession on tourism nationwide has eased over the same period, which has seen a marked recovery from an initial drop in national tourism dollars, and it seems reasonable that local trends have simply paralleled this.
Posted on August 25 at 12:26 p.m.
Please provide the data showing direct correlation. God bless.
Posted on August 25 at 11:47 a.m.
Remember back when the bums on State Street were destroying the tourist industry and downtown business? The bums are still there, but tourism revenues are way up. How is that possible? Couldn't be that the great hobo freak-out was just a load of crap...
Posted on August 12 at 5:53 p.m.
Trying to make a point about gun violence by pointing to a couple of local incidents in which people are killed with knives is like claiming that a cool day in Santa Barbara disproves decades of statistics on global warming.
Nationally, far more people are murdered by guns than in all other ways combined, and the murder rate by guns is far higher in the US than in other developed countries.
If you want to present reasons to argue against various forms of gun control, fine, but citing deaths from knives as a reason to back off trying to rein in gun-related deaths is imbecilic.
On Multiple Murder Victims Found in Home Near Goleta
Posted on July 20 at 7:47 p.m.
ps. So far I've heard of 6 or 7 serious, productive local artists accepted for the Village, and I'm sure there are another dozen I haven't yet heard about. They deserve respect for who they are and what they do, not disdain from people who clearly have no clue about the local arts community and what it's doing to try to sustain itself here in the real world, imperfect as it is, as opposed to someone's fantasy of the good old days.
On Tenants Chosen for Funk Zone Artist Village
Posted on July 20 at 7:18 p.m.
Since the article only mentions two people, it would be interesting to know where cinderella got the info that all the others are out-of-towners or whatever "hipster indigo children" is supposed to mean.
Anyone who can't muster the energy to look at work by dedicated and hard-working Santa Barbara artists can console themselves with stories of the good old times when masterpieces were being created illegally in alleyways by a vanished race of "real" locals who knew how to keep people like cinderella amused with their antics.
Posted on July 18 at 5:48 p.m.
How does more than doubling the number of artists working out of funky spaces in the Funk Zone mean the ruin of the Funk Zone?
Urban life is constant change, and it's always been one aspect of any arts community to constantly adapt. Try stopping by during one of the Second Saturday art walks, especially after the new artists come in, and support what's there instead of complaining about some vision of what isn't.