Second Saturday

In the Sept. 14 Sacramento Bee’s “Outcry after post-art walk shooting in midtown has a familiar ring”, Ryan Lillis writes about how the Sept. 12 Second Saturday shooting has raised questions about the safety of the Second Saturday art walk.
According to the article, the mayor and business leaders are discussing ways to keep the event safe, such as adding more officers to patrol the event.
When did Second Saturday become an event where an innocent student gets caught in the middle of crossfire?
I have been attending Second Saturday since I was 15, the age when going to events like these and shopping at the mall were the only options for weekend fun. I used to walk around with my friends, thinking I was cool and looking at all the art galleries.
Since I am an avid artist and musician, I truly appreciated the culture surrounding Second Saturday.
However, as the years progressed, I’ve found Second Saturday to lose the appeal it once had.
Second Saturday has turned into an event where underage teenagers have an excuse to get drunk, walk around in huge crowds, and desperately look for a cool party via Facebook or Twitter where they can get even more drunk.
Art? Live music? Who cares?
Apparently it’s all about the most popular hipsters, parties, and cheap drinks.
Don’t get me wrong; the event still occasionally manages to have great live music and art–keyword: occasionally.
Although the event isn’t going to be shut down, it is obvious that something needs to change.
Although a Bee review of police data shows that Second Saturdays aren’t more dangerous than any other summer Saturdays in midtown, residents are afraid that the area is losing its livability.
Hopefully, this will be a lesson for Sacramento residents.

In the Sept. 14 Sacramento Bee’s “Outcry after post-art walk shooting in midtown has a familiar ring”, Ryan Lillis writes about how the Sept. 12 Second Saturday shooting has raised questions about the safety of the Second Saturday art walk.According to the article, the mayor and business leaders are discussing ways to keep the event safe, such as adding more officers to patrol the event.When did Second Saturday become an event where an innocent student gets caught in the middle of crossfire?I have been attending Second Saturday since I was 15, the age when going to events like these and shopping at the mall were the only options for weekend fun. I used to walk around with my friends, thinking I was cool and looking at all the art galleries.Since I am an avid artist and musician, I truly appreciated the culture surrounding Second Saturday.However, as the years progressed, I’ve found Second Saturday to lose the appeal it once had.Second Saturday has turned into an event where underage teenagers have an excuse to get drunk, walk around in huge crowds, and desperately look for a cool party via Facebook or Twitter where they can get even more drunk.Art? Live music? Who cares?Apparently it’s all about the most popular hipsters, parties, and cheap drinks.Don’t get me wrong; the event still occasionally manages to have great live music and art–keyword: occasionally.Although the event isn’t going to be shut down, it is obvious that something needs to change.Although a Bee review of police data shows that Second Saturdays aren’t more dangerous than any other summer Saturdays in midtown, residents are afraid that the area is losing its livability.Hopefully, this will be a lesson for Sacramento residents.