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The crush of the crowd

Kudos to the Aspen City Council for approving the use of two blocks of downtown Aspen for a block party next month.

The proposal by the Aspen Skiing Co. to put on a “Core Party” from 9 p.m. to midnight on March 20, the first day of spring, as part of Spring Jam is another right step in the effort to bring a little life back to town.

Aspen City Councilwoman Rachel Richards should also be commended for being concerned about the safety of partygoers.

Richards suggested that concert patrons be kept 40 feet from the stage where the 14-member Wylde Bunch will be performing. The thinking behind the proposal was that a “clear zone” would allow people to escape the crush of the crowd.

At last month’s show in downtown Aspen by The Offspring, fans at the front experienced a small-scale version of what goes on at a big-time punk show. Pushing and shoving and dancing while squeezed in with thousands of people. If you’re not familiar with what’s going on, it can be a little nerve-racking at first.

While it would be difficult for The Aspen Times to support putting so much space between the fans and their music, we nevertheless applaud the fact that Richards is thinking about potential problems and ways to deal with them other than canceling the show.

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Fortunately it won’t be an issue next month, as hip-hop bands like Wylde Bunch don’t drum up the same kind of crowd energy as metal, punk or post-punk bands like The Offspring.

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