Prigge: Let’s ban downtown carnivals
Elgin City Councilman John Prigge would like to see carnivals banned from downtown Elgin:
Noting there have been three carnivals held in Elgin’s Center City area in the past four years, Prigge said he does not believe it is the best place to hold such events.
The last carnival, held at Kimball Street and Douglas Avenue, was spread out over eight days during the first two weeks of May. The Community Carnival Fundraiser was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area, the Elgin Public Museum and the YWCA Elgin.
While they do draw more traffic into the area, Prigge said he doubts whether that traffic benefits downtown businesses. In fact, Prigge said he has talked with some Center City business owners who believe their commerce has suffered because of the carnivals. (BocaJump)
Mr. Prigge’s comments on Facebook also indicate a concern that carnivals are not good for Elgin’s image.
4. My first issue when running in 2009 was to improve Elgin’s image and reputation.
3. I believe downtown carnivals do nothing to improve Elgin’s image, especially our downtown image. We have done enough to downtown merchants with construction.
I’m not sure it’s a good idea for four or five people to decide what is good and bad for Elgin’s image. Banning carnivals now. What next? It’s a slippery slope.