There is now one less event happening each month in Bucks County. After struggling with resources, low volunteer levels, and disgruntled locals over the last few years, First Friday Doylestown has officially been canceled after 8 years of operation, as reported by Phillyburbs.com. Several locals have already voiced passionate opinions about the announcement, both supporting and condemning the decision.
One disappointed resident commented on Phillyburbs:
Are you kidding me? First Fridays gone- so is the borough going to supplement the local businesses that thrived from 1st Friday’s? I know several that did. Next thing there will be no Christmas tree in town for the Holidays.
You would be surprised to see how many businesses/merchants would close their shops to avoid shoplifting that overtime policing just couldn’t control. There are many variables here, but First Friday was more of a fiasco/annoyance than a benefit.
In 2011, a group of locals formed the Anti-First Friday Coalition and petitioned the Doylestown Council to end First Friday due to noise concerns.
So what do you think- are you upset about the cancellation of Doylestown’s First Friday or do you think the town is better off?