08. July 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

We want younger people to like classical music.

We use classical music to “repel” younger people.

Go figure.

Sigh.

One way to handle loitering teenagers downtown could be with Handel.

In a few weeks, the popular cinema and dining center at the corner of School and Elm streets might feature the calming sounds of classical music as patrons outside wait for movie tickets. The idea is to use the symphonies as a sort of youth repellent.

Indeed, the conflict between bored teenagers and frustrated merchants is spawning unusual solutions.

Six years after it opened, the brick-lined plaza – the centerpiece of Lodi’s downtown renewal – has succeeded in bringing people and their cash to the city’s core. But local officials now believe that popularity may have its drawbacks.

For weeks earlier this year, complaints about clusters of young people frequenting the gathering spot grew louder from irritated business owners and customers, Lodi police and the plaza’s property manager said.

RTWT

We want you.
We want you to want us.
We need you.
We want you to need us.
We love you.
We want you to love us.
Please go away.

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