Far too many projects in San Francisco hit roadblocks because of complaints from a handful of neighbors. And when the America’s Cup Event Authority announced a major concert series on the waterfront, it appeared as if nearby residents could have sunk the deal.
So it is good that the America’s Cup group, the concert promoter Live Nation and the neighbors, including the politically connected Telegraph Hill Dwellers, talked about concerns and reached a conclusion that seems to be amicable to the greatest majority of people possible.
The waterfront concert venue may be one of the largest draws when it comes to events surrounding the America’s Cup and associated races this summer and fall. With big-name acts such as Sting, Train and Jason Mraz booked for the venue, the series likely will be a boon for patrons, businesses, and city tax revenues.
There are always complaints surrounding big events in a compact city, especially when music is involved. But as concert promoters have learned from large events in Golden Gate Park, working with the community before, during and after the occasions can help reduce grievances.
It will be unique to experience outdoor concerts along the northern waterfront, with a world-famous view of San Francisco Bay as a backdrop. With the agreement, the show is just a few formal steps from going on, which should be music to everyone’s ears.