Danville Express

Perspective - July 20, 2007

Welcome to Danville

'Tis the season to welcome people to Danville. The 2007 car shows kicked off last Thursday, July 12, and the mild weather brought a crowd of enthusiasts. They will continue July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23. In June, Danville welcomed visitors to its Fine Arts Faire, and, of course, the Fourth of July Parade prides itself on drawing 30,000-40,000 people from throughout the San Ramon Valley and beyond.

With crowds come problems. There was some grumbling after the parade that people had left a mess behind them. Trash containers were overflowing, but the Town Manager said it's easier to send in cleanup crews after the parade than to provide more receptacles and then empty them. Most groups seemed to transport their food and beverages to Hartz Avenue just fine; why couldn't they have taken the empty containers and whatever they collected at the parade back home to dispose of properly?

Evening events, such as the car shows, seem to bring their own variety of problems. Something about gathering in the night air seems to raise the desire for excitement, and there was a fight involving about 50 teens at the conclusion of last week's car show. The Danville Police Department uses its volunteers effectively to increase their presence at the car shows to keep the crowd fun-loving in a positive way. The teen fight broke up when officers made their appearance, and they were able to offer assistance to one youth who looked like he might need medical attention.

It's disheartening to have a few visitors downtown who do not act like well-behaved guests, neglecting to pick up their trash or otherwise starting trouble. But how proud it makes us to host such successful events; Danville is the ideal setting for an old-fashioned parade as well as the perfect backdrop for classic cars for everyone to enjoy.

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