Friday, March 4 is far from the first the First Friday in downtown Greensboro, but it will be the first First Friday in “The BORO” in downtown Greensboro.
First Friday sponsored by Downtown Greensboro Inc. usually attracts a good crowd of people to the center city with a variety of events and for First Friday on March 4 it looks like the weather is going cooperate on this the first week of meteorological Spring.
And downtown Greensboro has something new to offer, The BORO, a designated area where alcoholic beverages may be carried outside from noon to 9 p.m.
The BORO basically goes from Smith Street to Gate City Boulevard on Elm and Greene Streets. But there are some notable exceptions, Center City Park is not part of The BORO while the Greensboro Cultural Center and LeBauer Park are. For those on Elm Street with drinks in hand the only way to get to LeBauer Park legally is to walk beside Center City Park down Friendly Avenue.
Despite abundant signage, it will likely be a learning process for those taking advantage of the new ordinance that went into effect on Tuesday, March 1.
President of DGI Zack Matheny said that when the state legislature was considering the statute making The BORO possible that they really worked with retail merchants with the idea that it would enhance their businesses.
Matheny said, “The goal was for people to sip, stroll and shop.”
He added, “We’re hoping that people will take advantage of The BORO to support their local restaurants by grabbing a drink and strolling around into the many downtown retail establishments and support these local small businesses.”
First Friday events for March 4 include a drum circle with Healing Earth Rhythms from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Center City Park. You don’t even have to bring your own drum to participate as loaners will be available. However, as noted you will have to leave your drink behind since Center City Park is not included in The BORO.
I don’t think people in drum circles drink as much as … you know … puff puff
When will Mandate Mayor and wannabe Zach going to face criticism for racist gerrymandering or more appropriately setting up folks to be criminals in a certain area. SKY high murder rate, low police morale, underfunded and understaffed force and now Mandate Mayor and her cabal want them to patrol a 5 block radius around heavy political donors and the Billion dollar Performance Arts Boondoggle looking for cup violations.
Oh Alex any cups that have anything in them will buzz the unfortunates then they’ll pee every where and offend all the good folks and then the city council will pay to do a study on how to solve the problem. More that likely to the tune of 100’s of thousands dollars. SMDH
Drums Alcohol Drums Alcohol – tough call but on a Friday I think it’s …… home in a recliner with alcohol.
I think this is going to work out awesome for the upper class alcoholics of Greensboro. And I do not think the police should be the “cup police.”
Proving that Greensboro is getting more desperate every day for a dollar. Crime will increase and put Greensboro on the map for negative reasons. All anyone needs to do is buy the little bottles at the ABC store and fill their pockets full and go downtown and purchase only one drink with the cup that is required to drink from. Refill and add to the same cup and drink as much as they want too. Drinking in a bar has the advantage of a patron being watched by the bar tender who can cut them off if they drink too much. Tell me how the amount of alcohol consumed by a person can be controlled when no one is keeping an eye on someone strolling and drinking freely continuously on their own moving around over a large area of the city? Come on people, let party and show the reckless persons making the rules for this desperate city how we, the citizens, will ruin Greensboro for good by destroying all hope of life downtown forever!!!!!!!!!! The END of Greensboro is near.
Lol. This is the before 9pm crowd. Nit the late night parry and night club crowd. I personally don’t see it being a really big deal except for a few small areas in the new Boro. But you get all worked up with doom if it makes you feel better.
I don’t go downtown unless I have to. If I did, I feel like I have to pack. Since I don’t want to hurt anyone, I just don’t go – day or night.
When you “pack”are you planning on staying a day or a few days.
Really? You are that easily scared? Lmao. My wife and I go downtown a few times a month and have never felt nervous about crime. We are a couple of old timers. We love downtown. Night life. Of course we are normally home by midnight these days. Lmao