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Readers reacted strongly to last week’s city crackdown on outdoor music at the Rocket Market on Spokane’s South Hill, which followed a neighbor’s complaint. Full reaction to this and other coverage can be found at

Rifleman_Dodd: I’ve been to one of these concerts and while I really didn’t like the music being played … it was OK and wasn’t disturbing one bit. I was just kicking back, enjoying the evening. However, the cars and trucks racing by were more noisy than the music ever was.

Rmarcham: Probably someone who just moved into the area and was stunned that people were actually enjoying themselves. The Rocket has had music outside for years. What changed? Nothing, that’s what. Amazing that one person can destroy something enjoyed by so many.

edros13: People come home to relax … I would hate if I had to listen to someone’s taste in music.

Radbooks: Three nights a week is a lot and if I lived nearby it might upset me too. It would depend on the music and how much I wanted to be outside enjoying my own yard and my own music.

Sissysusieq: I get the Tuesday night music, in a neighborhood, but the other two nights should be fine. Are the “music police” gonna charge The Swamp $200 a performance since their bands all play outside every weekend too?

Spok: I live down the block, and that music is not at all intrusive. It is a great warm summer night venue and will be sorely missed by all the neighbors.

S Shanti: The live outdoor music at the Rocket will be greatly missed. It was one of those activities that make Spokane a cool place to live. We need to encourage more of these types of creative public events that energize our neighborhoods. I hope this is only a temporary situation …

Chelsita: This doesn’t surprise me one bit coming from snob hill … maybe it was overpowering the sound from Fox News???

southie4573: Spokane – you still just don’t get it! Portland and Seattle have these events all over the city. This makes for an interesting neighborhood. We need more of this – not less.

Rick Eichstaedt: Unfortunately, this is yet another example of the Spo-Can’t attitude we sometimes have in this town. We need to encourage local businesses that make our communities something special.

Randyl: I have been to a couple of concerts at the Rocket Market and really enjoyed it! The music was not too loud and the crowd was a mixture of kids and older people. I think the Rocket Market should be able to continue to provide summertime fun on this location.

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