PUSH FOR ARTCRAWL DRESSCODE SHOCKS DOWNTOWN, MADDENS THE SCHLUBBS
The King and James St intersection downtown is always a tableau of the weird, the absurd, and the shocking. It’s mixture of office workers, homeless people, and everything in between. Everything. If you’ve even driven by, you know what I mean. Even more shocking, though, is the lobby by sharply dressed downtowners to call for a loosely enforced dress code for the monthly artcrawl.
“We’re not asking for ball gowns, top hats and tails. We just ask that you don’t wear dirty jogging pants, ripped army surplus, or anything from Stitches,” says the passionate, Mulberry St resident, Billy Pantalone. “I shake my head when I come downtown. People wearing the wrong seasons, last year’s shoes – we’re trying to start an art movement here, but the deadbeats are holding things back.”
Pantalone isn’t a lone voice. Farley Hammerton conducted a 100-person survey and found 4/10 supported some sort of dress code to avoid schlubbery. Some suggest a dress code will keep out the riff-raff and trouble-makers.
Even the ubiquitous Martinus Geleynse, editor of urbanicity, and local T.V. personality, threw his support behind a dress code: “I think that a dress code should be strongly enforced. Perhaps with tasers…this might be the perfect solution for preventing the bankruptcy of Coppley Apparel – the preeminent Hamilton suit manufacturer. Furthermore, how is Hamilton ever going to shed our reputation as a fashion failure if we permit such shlubbery?”
Not everyone feels so strongly. Councillor Jason Farr said, “I’m not the guy you want to be asking about fashion. As long as folks are clothed.”
While others on Twitter showed the typical, downtown social media nay-saying:
The James St N. community of store owners have taken a stance on progressive issues, like the Casino, using their clothes as a bargaining piece late December. Many shoppers remember fondly the store owners stripping off their clothes to protest the casino. Watch out, Ottawa Street, looks like there may be a new fabric district.
Whatever side of the fence you sit on, I know this reporter will be polishing his loafers, cleaning his Tilley, and putting that extra crease in his pleated pants.
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Jason Farr – Ward 2 Councillor, anti-nude artcrawl stance
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