Cruising Federal celebrating Cinco De Mayo is a bittersweet affair for businesses and residents along Federal. Years past has seen various forms of neighborhood disruption, heated discussions among community members and people enjoying an opportunity to celebrate history and culture. This year in contrast to years past, cruising along north Federal was near non-existent. There was no traffic disruptions north of W. 6th Avenue, according to local Police District 1 staff. Cruising has consistently decreased the past two or three years. Levels of cruising has decreased at lessor rates south along Federal, between W. 6th and Kentucky Avenues.
The decrease in cruising is probably partially affected by traffic control measures implemented by Denver police. Such measures typically restricts vehiclar access to local neighborhood streets as well as moving traffic off Federal to local highways (I-25 and W. 6th Ave), when congestion gets to high. In the past, closing Federal also occurred for short periods of time when traffic was routed away from Federal. As this local news story exploring history of the holiday and past cruising issues illustrates, police enforcement minimizing excessive horn honking and loud music surely plays a role in reducing cruising levels. (more…)