I actually roadtripped to Birmingham and Nashville to catch the Plant/Krauss shows and saw the phenomena you're speaking of at both. In B-ham, I was in the 9th row and while some were recording on cameras, generally the crowd was having too much of a good time for it to bother people. In Nashville, the crowd was a little different - more subdued. I was going to bring a camera to take a pic of both concerts but foolish me, I actually called to see what the policy was and both venues had no camera policies. Unfortunately, neither venue enforced them so I'm stuck without a photo but did have the great experience of seeing all the flashes go off. Maybe if a venue actually enforced it's "no camera" policy that would crack down on some of the distraction. Cell phones are here to stay and as much as I hate the glow from the screens, its something I'll have to accept.
Does it really make sense to close the downtown branch when U of M is about to open their law school down there? What branch is supposed to service the Poplar-White Station area? Couldn't Willie come up with some other cost cutting idea??
If the City Council is supposed to support the city, hopefully they'll come up with other cost cutting ideas rather than the one place where people of all economic backgrounds can come together for educational purposes!
By Joe Boone
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