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Formula 1 and the American Grand Prix: Sucks for Poor Locals!

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Basquo:
A month after I moved into our first home, it was announced that a Formula 1 track was being built nearby. Fast-forward to now: Formula 1 hasn’t been in America for several years, and in case you didn’t know, it’s a high-end international sporting event. Filthy rich people come from all over the world expecting to snort and screw whatever they can. And some ordinary people go, too, like my co-worker, whose boyfriend paid about a thousand bucks for grandstand seats and another three hundred for three days of parking.

But there’s not enough parking for 80 or 100 or 300 thousand people, nobody’s sure how many are coming, especially for Day 3 which is the inaugural American Grand Prix at the new Circuit of the Americas, the northwest corner of which is one kilometer—two thousand feet—from our property. A lot of folks are coming to Elroy via shuttle buses.

Basically, we’re semi-prisoners in our neighborhood. I worked form home on Friday. The one road which runs by our neighborhood is only open to taxis, outbound shuttles, and local traffic. And the local traffic angle is what we haven’t been able to gauge; we’ve seen people coming and going for the past two days, but only before noon. We don’t know if our road is blocked off to inbound traffic in the afternoon, or anything. If we wanted to go, we couldn’t walk there even though it’s a few blocks away. No pedestrian traffic allowed. We would have to drive into the city, pay to park, and then take a shuttle back to the COTA which is a stone’s piss from our house.

It’s also oddly quiet, like a lot of the neighbors left. In anticipation of fuck-all, they closed the Del Valle schools on Friday and are not opening up for another week. Seriously.  We think we might be able to get into the city just fine, but are worried about getting home. They were supposed to send us notices, have people canvas the neighborhood, all kinds of stuff to tell us how to deal with this shit, but the only reality we have is the loud, weird alien/siren sounds of Formula One cars and the newscasts telling us how fabulous the whole weekend is going, and how lucky we are not to get rain. Lucky! Really? After years of drought?

All I can say is, I hope those rich mofo’s drop a lot of coin into the local economy, and that the 30% chance of rain on Monday washes those rich mofo’s outta here.

anniebc:
Note to self, don't visit Panda country in November.. ;)

I hope life gets back to normal soon.

Aroha
Jan :-*

GSOgymrat:
Is this an annual event? If so then next year you may want to consider renting out your residence and going on vacation. People where I live do that for furniture market and get ridiculous rental prices.

intaglio:
We live about five miles away from Heartland Park in Topeka. When we are outside we can hear the dragsters rev and race every weekend. The main boulevard to the race track is impassible at certain times each weekend from all the traffic leaving the venue at the end of the day.

If I were you, I'd contact your local police/traffic bureau and see what they say about street closings during the racing events. I bet the authorities will just close the same streets each time. Once you know the pattern, you'll be able to adjust your travels accordingly.

thunter34:

--- Quote from: intaglio on November 18, 2012, 08:18:26 AM ---We live about five miles away from Heartland Park in Topeka. When we are outside we can hear the dragsters rev and race every weekend. The main boulevard to the race track is impassible at certain times each weekend from all the traffic leaving the venue at the end of the day.

If I were you, I'd contact your local police/traffic bureau and see what they say about street closings during the racing events. I bet the authorities will just close the same streets each time. Once you know the pattern, you'll be able to adjust your travels accordingly.

--- End quote ---

I lived directly beside Piedmont Park in ATL.  I had to deal with:  Pride, The Dogwood Festival, The Jazz Festival, Music Midtown and Screen on the Green every week in between through the summer. Oh...and local parties like the Draft On Taft.  In other words:  basically something every weekend for about half the year. 

Cope.

That's all I know to tell you.  If all that traffic is locked down, surely there are cops patrolling.  Have you walked up to one and asked if there is some sort of procedure so neighborhood folks can get out?  We had decals issued to us. 

Once this mess is over, you need to contact your local reps, write a letter to the paper or hell...call the local news right now if you want to and tell them what a disaster it is for you.  They may be interested in hearing what you have to say.  It would help if you could round up a few neighbors to gripe with you.

I know what I'm talking about here.  I went door to door with petitions and stuff when I had to.  Emded up getting designated neighborhood decal parking year round.  Towing enforced. 

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