In fairness to Tower, the web site atthepiazza.com does have event listings.
That said, we have received a litany of complaints about yesterday's 104.5 Block Party event. Here are the issues that have been reported to us, and/or posted here and on other message boards. We have emailed this list to Tower.
(1) No Guest Parking. The Piazza's official Twitter account sent the following message:
"The parking lot is full! Please plan street parking or other transportation accordingly."
According to Twitter, this message was sent out at 12:14PM Saturday - meaning the lot was full several hours before the event began.
(2) Disruption of Supermarket Operations. We've gotten multiple reports of the SuperFresh lot being full with Block Party attendees, creating 25-30-minute waits for people in their cars trying to enter or exit the facility. This also included Block Party attendees driving the wrong way, trying to exit down the entrance ramp. It also included drivers running the red light at the Germantown intersection - not running a yellow turning to red, but being stopped at a red, and then deciding to go even though the light had not turned green.
(3) Visibly Intoxicated Patrons. We have received several complaints about this. These include visibly drunk people in their cars - again, some of whom drove into oncoming traffic by trying to exit down the entrance ramp. It also included visibly drunk people crossing in large numbers on green lights in front of the SuperFresh - contributing to the 30-minute wait for people trying to get out of the lot with their groceries. And it included various neighbors spotting visibly drunk people wandering around the streets, and getting into cars to drive away afterwards.
(4) Public Urination. We have gotten a reports of a neighbor having to shoo people away from trying to urinate on a private residence.
(5) Disruption of Private Business. After the event, attendees attempted to enter into the Green Olives market at 2nd and Wildey, to use the bathroom. A neighbor reports witnessing the business owners trying to lock their doors, but they were unable because they could not get people out before new people came in.
(6) Excessive Noise. Once again - as always with the 104.5 events - the sound could be heard far and wide, out to at least 4th St. to the west, and down to Brown and Fairmount to the south.