Opinion: Vortex shouldn't cause pain

By Juanita Lavadie, Taos
Posted 8/23/19

I've lived in my neighborhood near Taos Plaza for most of my life, with extended family members and neighbors of all ages and varied health conditions. During the Taos town/Meow Wolf co-sponsored …

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Opinion: Vortex shouldn't cause pain

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I've lived in my neighborhood near Taos Plaza for most of my life, with extended family members and neighbors of all ages and varied health conditions. During the Taos town/Meow Wolf co-sponsored Vortex concert, I put up with home windows heavily vibrating for hours. The high decibel level went on and on until midnight. (A common courtesy rule of thumb for noisy parties is usually 10 p.m.)

This venue did not treat local residents with respect or inclusivity, as Vince Kadlubek, co-founder of Meow Wolf, was quoted in the Tempo article "Taos Vortex Goes All Pfunky," Aug. 15. Taos town residents with health issues, such as PTSD, pacemakers and insomnia, were unable to have peace and quiet within their own homes, held captive by inescapable stress, discomfort and loud sound intrusion. Animals and pets were bombarded with sound vibrations that would set teeth and bones into vibration along with a building's windows. Why should long time residents put up with music so loud for so late in the middle of town when there are other venues available that do not intrude on long-term Taos residences? Vortex would be "exploring the edge"?

That edge should not cause pain, discomfort or insomnia for local citizens.

Juanita Lavadie

Taos

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