What Downtown Could (Should) Be

Jeremiah Knupp -- April 3rd, 2010

Convertible Mercedes and shiny Porsches mingled with bumper stickered Volvos and beat-up bicycles. The crowded streets were a mix of khakis and polos, skinny jeans and metal t-shirts. Light spilled from open gallery doors, revealing a kaleidoscope of color, while restaurant walls pulsed with a beat barely contained inside. In downtown Harrisonburg First Fridays meets MACRoCk and gives a glimpse of what a vibrant downtown looks like. 

Photos by Holly Marcus and Jeremiah Knupp

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9 Responses to “What Downtown Could (Should) Be”

  1. David Miller says:

    Isn’t it wonderful!

  2. Lowell Fulk says:

    Pretty cool indeed.

  3. Brandon says:

    You left out the guys walking around with signs claiming 9/11 was a government conspiracy.

  4. Deb SF says:

    Great pics!

  5. Thanh says:

    It was a great weekend downtown! Thanks for sharing your pictures. :)

  6. Kaitlin Ilnitzki says:

    beautiful, just beautiful!

  7. Downtown revitalization certainly goes against the true spirit of metal.

  8. Thanh says:

    I was talking to a friend of mine who pointed out that although the post and pictures are great, she thought the title was a little odd. And I have to agree. Those pictures aren’t showing what downtown “could” or “should” be. They illustrate what downtown IS. All of those things *happened* downtown and are happening. Maybe MACRoCK specifically isn’t downtown every day or every week, but its there for two days every year now, and First Fridays happens once a month and there are lots of other great events HDR and other local groups continually organize downtown. Just wanted to throw those thoughts out there because I think downtown is great. I do also realize that there are people out there working and volunteering to bring yet more things (businesses, events, etc) to fill in the space and days downtown; and I wish to thank them all for their efforts!

  9. Wick says:

    Since you raised the subject of apparel, too bad Pants for Bears was/were so conspicuously absent> http://www.indieshuffle.com/pants-for-bears-a-relative-concern/

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