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Downtown Halloween event poorly executed

Posted: November 9, 2010 4:59 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.

I don’t know who the genius was that planned the Halloween festival, but he or she left out the lower end of Broad Street.

Last year we ran out of candy, so this year I bought $60 worth, hoping not to run out.

York Street to DeKalb Street was blocked off and traffic cleared by 2 p.m., just as planned. There was also a picket fence put up in the middle of Broad Street in front of the former bus station so no one came our way except stragglers. There was nothing set up south of the picket fence like it was last year. The bookmobile was set up in our area last year. We had out-of-town customers who left way before 2 p.m., as they were afraid they would be blocked in.

Saturday is usually my best day, but because York Street and the streets beside the former bus station were blocked, my business was almost nothing from 11:30 to 5. The people who did come our way complained that it was so jammed up that they had to wait in a long line, so they just left.

Thanks, whoever was responsible, for your thoughtfulness for the lower end of Broad Street. I just don’t see how this could be of benefit for any of the merchants in downtown Camden unless they were the ones who sold the candy to the ones who had it out.

Just a suggestion for next year: either block the street off at the former bus station or, better yet, have it at Rhame Arena where there will be ample parking and people won’t have to walk so far.

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