Beginning tonight — Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. — both traffic lanes on Market Street between State and Pearl will be closed until Sunday morning. Sidewalks will not be blocked.
The reason for the closure is to allow public space for professional BBQ teams to cook their meats for the weekend NA Blues, Brews and Barbecue Fest. You are encouraged to attend this event.
Speaking personally, if we’re to be genuinely walkable as a city, then disruptions like this are of little or no consequence.
However, reality on the ground dictates this reminder that there’s a parking garage at the corner of State and Market, and parking by the levee at the foot of Pearl — and quite a few curbside parking spaces everywhere, even on a busty weekends, just a short distance from the event and the affected businesses on both sides of the closed segment of Market Street.
It should be seasonable the next few evenings. If you’re driving, park somewhere and have a nice walk, then a bite and a drink. Don’t have too much of the latter if you’re driving.
And ponder the question of why we purpose-built Bicentennial Park to be problematic and barely usable for events, and naturally insist on constantly using it for such events even when the Riverfront Amphitheater would be far more appropriate.