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POLL: Do you want Freaknik back in Atlanta?

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Freaknikers from Southern Illinois University danced around Five Points in downtown Atlanta in 1996. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he doesn't expect the party to return to Atlanta.

That illustrious, verifiable source we know as The Internet says that Freaknic (sic) is coming back. “The Official Atlanta Freaknic Site” says it’ll be April 16-18 in Washington Park. It also says that the 2010 theme is “Super Freak,” and that “Freaknic is a private event for members only. You must register on this site and pledge to not break the law.” It adds, “There are no nude pictures on this Web site.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says no way. Or rather, “I don’t believe it will materialize and it’s not my intention for the city to be supportive of it.” He points out that nobody has filed for a permit. It’s not clear who the organizers of the Web site are.

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Freaknik started in the 1980s as a picnic for college kids who couldn’t travel during spring break, but by the mid-1990s, it was a street party that drew about 200,000 students, mostly from historically black college and universities. It was notorious for gridlock caused by cruising and wretched treatment of women. It ended in 1999 when the city imposed hard-core restrictions.

And yet, there are always rumbles of it coming back, and plenty who had great experiences at Freaknik over the years.

An AJC story quoted Councilman Ivory Young as saying “Freaknik as it was previously defined can’t work for Atlanta,” but he made the point, too, that the city should be prepared for “any crowd of folks,” who want to stay in town and spend some money.

What do you think? Would you welcome Freaknik back? Should the city? Can Freaknik make a comeback as a safe party for all, and without traffic mayhem, or should it stay a thing of the past?

Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments, but before you type, remember that this is not a place for stereotypes, race-baiting or epithets. Keep the conversation respectful, or your comments will be removed.

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Proud American

February 25th, 2010
9:16 am

We would not want one of the Freaks to be caught breaking the law and have a white Police Officer to intervine and have some one say the Officer acted STUPIDLY.

Dawgs75

February 25th, 2010
9:15 am

Hey Truth, your excuses are silly. Freaknik attracts criminals too, plain and simple. If it were just college students then there would not have been murders, robbery, destruction, ect.. check the records dear.
The typical spring break places are capable of handling the drunks and disorderly. Atlanta can not, and Ft. Lauderdale is not Atlanta, it will shut down businesses, streets, ect.
You can’t have a spring break place in the heart of a city that needs to be functional every day.

Pat

February 25th, 2010
9:13 am

What stupid idea, just stupid.

Lets be honest

February 25th, 2010
9:13 am

I WOULD SAY YES…

BUT ONLY IF THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED WOULD ACTUALLY SPEND MONEY INSTEAD OF JUST STANDING AROUND ON THE STREET. THAT SHOULD TELL YOU THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT ATTEND FREAKNIK…AND NO, I’M TALKING ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS.

HOW DO YOU THINK BUCKHEAD WAS RUINED

Seriously

February 25th, 2010
9:12 am

It’s not an event. It is just a bunch of people driving around. It is cruising. It’s a disaster.

Dee

February 25th, 2010
9:11 am

ABSOLUTELY NO!!! The last one was so out of hand that no city with even a grain of intelligence would want such an event in their city. And to TRUTH — you are full of it. This town embraces events that celebrate all nationalities, including Black Americans. It is not the race we are worried about, it is the total lack of respect for anyone else shown by the revelers last time they came to Atlanta.

GHOSTRIDER

February 25th, 2010
9:10 am

Not No….But Hell No

lmno

February 25th, 2010
9:09 am

If any festival organizer can present a proper plan to the city including revenue estimates, I would support it. However, it would have to be held on a location. We can’t just have chaos.

I’d like to see a well run Music Midtown brought back as well.

Private Larry Platt

February 25th, 2010
9:07 am

Y’all lookin a like FOO witcha pants on da ground!

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
9:07 am

**hotlanta** If I only knew what? Tell me, I can take it!!!!