Southwest Wake: Opinion

April 25, 2014

Jared Schott: Breathing room in downtown Apex

While I appreciate the effort put into hosting events in Apex, I don’t feel the historic downtown area is a suitable venue for its growing population.

Breathing room in downtown Apex

I have lived in Apex for just over seven years and have attended various events in the downtown area.

From what I understand, the layout of downtown Apex has remained largely unchanged over the past 100 years. In this time, the population has grown significantly, with much of that growth occurring in the last 15 years.

While I appreciate the effort put into hosting events in Apex, I don’t feel the historic downtown area is a suitable venue for its growing population.

This first occurred to me at last year’s Peak City Pig Fest. After struggling to get through the crowd and passing several vendors which had nothing to do with barbecue, I ended up waiting in line for more than 40 minutes to get a small plate of brisket while my family left to get pizza. The barbecue vendor was not local, and I was left scratching my head as to what the whole event was even about.

There seemed to be too much going on for the small couple of blocks, and it looked like nothing fit quite right.

Being named one of the best places to live is sure to bring more people to the area, and maybe it’s time to let historic downtown be historic and find a better venue for these larger events where people have some room to breathe.

Jared Schott

Apex

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