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August 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Fewer people attend Seafair

The event is a hassle

The Lucas Oil Air Show planes fly near each other as they release trails of smoke during the final day of Seafair, Sunday, August 4, 2013. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

The Lucas Oil Air Show planes fly near each other as they release trails of smoke during the final day of Seafair, Sunday, August 4, 2013. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

The drop in attendance at Seafair might be attributed to answering this simple query: Do the pleasures derived from attending the event outweigh the hassles? [“Is Seafair sinking? Down year fires up debate on its fate,” seattletimes.com, Aug. 8.]

Seafair must draw its patrons from the neighborhood or not at all, because those coming from outlying areas probably find Seattle more intimidating than inviting.

The potential consequences of inadvertently parking in the wrong place can hang over one like the sword of Damocles. Who wants to face coughing up a week’s wages just to get a car out of impound?

Then there is the perpetually bad traffic that only gets worse during special events. Why should one endure life-shortening stress to get to and from what is supposed to be a recreational event?

And why, pray tell, should someone need the latest technology and applications to supposedly ease the formerly simple, now arcane, transaction of paying for parking?

Thomas Munyon, Marysville

Comments | More in Seattle | Topics: events, parking, Seafair

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