Link: Fluid Nightclub to close“Part of the bigger dynamic is how drastic South Street has changed,” said manager Oronde Gibson, who has worked at Fluid for 14 years. “It’s gone from a mom and pop artsy-type thing to a corporate type-thing.”
Gibson has seen South Street and Fluid's complete evolutiion, reminiscing about a time when the Roots (then known as the Square Roots) played outside on the sidewalk. Now, he said, no one wants to deal with South Street parking issues, so most kids just stay up in Fishtown or Northern Liberties.
Nightclubs go in and out, I get that. But what is this complaint about South Street being "corporate?" All the chains closed years ago, I think Auntie Ann's is the only one left. Everything else is local business. It's true that the art and music scene has gravitated to the Fishtown/Kensington but is it because South St went "corporate?"