Badger Herald - In an effort to end the Mifflin Street Block Party for the foreseeable future, the city of Madison will no longer permit or sanction this year’s event on May 4, police told residents at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday. Madison Police Department will step up the strict enforcement of city ordinances started at last year’s event in an effort to end to the block party altogether, according to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. Police will particularly focus on violations of city alcohol, trespassing and disruptive behavior ordinances, he said.
In addition to further increasing enforcement and police presence, Larry Warman, chairperson of the Mifflin West Neighborhood Association said MPD is employing a zero-tolerance approach to house parties on Mifflin Street. Despite seeing fewer sexual assaults and injuries, Warman said last year’s block party was still took a toll on the community. “It was not a pretty picture last year, even with the efforts to control [the block party],” Warman said.
Officer Matthew Magolan, a member of the central district community policing team, cited a concurrent event, Revelry, as a possible alternative to the event.
“The sooner these illegal house parties are brought under control and the UW Revelry Music and Arts Festival replaces the spring student party with a safe alternative, the safer we can make our community as a whole,” Magolan said in an emailed statement to The Badger Herald.
At first I thought this was horrible news. That cancelling the #1 Spring weekend in the country was a huge blow and just another example of uptight administrators and police trying to pussify college. That it’s tragic you can’t let loose and have a good time anymore without cops going door to door and issuing like $20K tickets treating you like a bar during a block party. But then I heard that cop had an idea for an alternative party? A safe one that the entire community could take part in? I’d love to hear more about that. Could be a light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe like a big ice cream social with hot fudge and cherries and waffle cones? A big projection screen set up to play a movie (G of course) with some pizza slices and root beers for everyone while the Jonas Brothers play on a main stage? I don’t know, the possibilites are endless, but maybe canceling Mifflin isn’t that bad. Maybe letting college kids act like college kids and drink and party like they have for 1 billion years is overrated and safe alternative parties are the wave of the future.