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Re: “Spreading its Wings: Thunderbird CafĂ© owners want nightclub to grow, but expansion plans don't sit well with Lawrenceville residents

I lived on Banner Way, a small side street behind the Thunderbird, for eight years. During that time (2004-2012), it was not uncommon for drunk people to stumble down the alley screaming, laughing and generally carrying on without a shred of respect for residents. It wasn't all the time but it was often enough to bear mentioning. The worst incident was a drunk girl pounding on my door early one morning looking for a friend (a Thunderbird employee that lived nearby, I later found out). After I closed the door, she proceeded to honk her horn and scream his name for twenty minutes. If you were to look up "sloppy" or "inconsiderate" in Merriam-Webster, I think there's a chance you might see her picture.

Living on Banner was always a little bit of a fight for the handful of on-street parking spots. It was an unwritten rule that, if you had company or a two-car household, the extra vehicle would park on Willow. It took new people a little while to catch on to the general courtesies the long-time residents paid each other. Banner is an extremely small street but I really liked living there. I can't imagine what events regularly drawing 600+ people would do to the parking situation and general quality of life. The year Art All Night was in the Catalyst Building, we had to park a mile away. That would get old real quick if it was a weekly or nightly occurrence. Lawrenceville probably needs a parking garage before it needs a Mr. Small's.

I have nothing against business growth but the capacity of the neighborhood itself needs to be considered. People can argue this every which way but there's only so much shit you can fit in a five pound bag. The number is pretty close to five pounds.

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Posted by Curt Gettman on 04/10/2013 at 1:39 AM

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