The Scott Street lot, near Michigan Avenue, was turned into a staging ground Tuesday for hundreds — perhaps thousands — of fans waiting to see a concert at HSBC Arena by The Dead, former members of the Grateful Dead minus the late Jerry Garcia.
Which is it? Hundreds? Thousands? A bunch? A few?
But the crowd of young jam-band enthusiasts and aging hippies — thought to be particularly environmentally conscious — left behind a parking lot strewn with beer and wine bottles, cans, bags, pizza boxes and hundreds of balloons used to get high with nitrous oxide.
Wow. I'm not sure I've ever seen more negative stereotyping and tut-tuting packed into a single sentence.
But after we've spent that long castigating Those Dirty Hippies, here comes the money quote:
Noticeably absent were any trash cans that could have given people a place to throw things away.
Huh. I wonder if that was a factor in all the garbage being tossed all over?
Nah, couldn't be. Must've been the dirty hippies.