Talk of the Town: First Fridays in Doylestown Canceled

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  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.
Still, others voiced support:

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?


4 Responses

  1. Mark Eichelberger
    Mark Eichelberger September 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |

    I feel some ambivalence regarding the cancellation of First Fridays in Doylestown. At the risk of sounding like an old coot, the last few times I went, the whole town did seem to be overrun my noisy teens who were not spending a dime in the shops and restaurants that remained open for the event. And I know there was a lot of resistance from residents regarding noise and parking. But at the same time, it was great to stroll the streets on a nice Friday evening, listen to some music, and pop into the shops. So I suppose I will miss it.

  2. Steve
    Steve September 7, 2012 at 6:48 am |

    I think the local businesses who benefited from First Friday should keep it alive. Continue to advertise FF specials, continue to have musicians, just do it. Screw the old curmugeons in the boro. I live right off Court St. and will miss it. Take it to, facebook, etc. Just have it yourselves without the boro brass.

  3. Candy
    Candy September 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    For those of you who love First Fridays, If you didnt know . . . Lansdale has a hugh First Friday and has plenty of parking, nice bands and kid zone . . . Ambler also has a First Friday a little smaller but nice event too! Lots of things to do!

  4. Vonna
    Vonna September 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm |

    I had hoped they would change this into a first Sunday afternoon or something like that -more family friendly, less issues with disrespectful teenagers. I loved first friday years ago, but in the past 2-3 years, it was impossible to navigate with 2 children and a stroller. Plus, my kids were overexposed to too many F- bombs, disrespectful talk from teenagers. people say don’t blame them, but honestly, when you can’t even walk down the street because they are blocking the sidewalk with no intention to allow people to pass by….. in addition to the rude language that I don’t wish my young children to be exposed to, what are we to think? I agree with many that parents allowed their kids to be out doing things they shouldn’t be doing and we did not feel that we could even enjoy our town any longer. but I am sad that an alternative solution was not worked out.

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