Recently Greenville City Council held a meeting to discuss the current curfew the City has implemented. A local news channel (WYFF News 4) ran a story quoting the Chief of Police: Far Fewer Teens Downtown With New Curfew , and the conservative North Greenville University paper said “Downtown Greenville curfew expected to save family-friendly enviroment”. I’m not advocating either way, but I did have a thought…
Currently the City of Greenville and downtown residents are telling teens that they are not welcome downtown. Has anyone stopped to think that downtown did not transform overnight? It took years for downtown to become a cool place to hang out. My fear is that we are telling the next generation of residents that they are not welcome downtown…. in 10 years when they are in their twenties and we want them to come downtown and spend their money, will they? Or will they already have new places that they hang out? Maybe Pelham Road or Woodruff Road. Is the City Council hurting downtown in the long run by reacting so quickly to one Saturday night event?
What do you think?
UPDATE: Enacted by the Greenville City Council, the curfew requires that individuals under the age of 18 be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are in the central business district after 10 p.m. on weekends.