As I was tucking Iolani in, I was thinking about the family that lost their new baby during Artwalk. It is a horrible feeling to be looking at our little girl and think that someone out there doesn't have their baby any more. I mean, already as a parent - from the moment the Iolani left my body - I can tell you I feel like I'm constantly fearful for something horrible happening to her that's out of my control. When her bedroom door is closed, and she's been sleeping a little bit longer than usual I get all worked up wondering if she's okay in there. I know that it is completely normal to have this "irrational paranoia".
I also got to thinking about Artwalk and how Artwalk and child-rearling so much the same thing. Right now, for as much as we have people in the neighborhood who mean well - Artwalk continues to be without a parental unit...guidance, or someone to nurture this event to the safest potential possible. Artwalk needs a parent. Someone that at the end of the day will see to it that Spring Street is closed to auto traffic for Artwalk.
Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, I recognize there are a couple of garages that can only be accessed off of Spring. However, Artwalk isn't going away. People want to come downtown for a monthly event. There's nothing else like it that happens every month. As Downtowners we have the opportunity and responsibility to make changes to Artwalk.
These changes need to be made - for a life has been taken. We cannot let this loss of life be taken in vain.