Will BLINK come back to Cincinnati?

WCPOPublished: October 16, 2017Updated: October 18, 2017
Published: October 16, 2017Updated: October 18, 2017

The minds behind BLINK Cincinnati can’t believe the turnout. Organizers of BLINK, the 4-day light and art festival that stretched 20 city blocks, estimate over 500,000 people came Downtown to gawk at designs projected on buildings, pose with illuminated sculptures and take in a different kind of city lights. On Sunday, the festival’s last day, organizer Dan Reynolds said the experience has been unbelievable.    "We couldn't have dreamed it really. We tried to dream it. All we can do is make it as good of a show as we can,” Reynolds said. “The one thing that's beyond your power, is, will people show up?" The event was a “win for the entire city,” according to Capt. Mike Neville with the Cincinnati Police Department. “We don’t look at how the police department is doing,” Neville said. “We really look at the city and the trickle down. We’re a piece of that. I’d say for our piece, we’re elated with how it’s turned out.” Traffic was a huge challenge for officers. People were elbow-to-elbow on the sidewalks. The streetcars were packed full. Officers had to improvise in order to patrol the 20-block festival. Neville said police officers used bikes and segways to cut through the tremendous crowd. Some officers even patrolled on foot. Neville said there were no major incidents despite the massive crowd.

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