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(KY, OH) Purple People Bridge Climb closes

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Ohio River bridge attraction ends after low turnout

Notes --

1. The Purple People Bridge Climb, where you were able to climb on top of the Ohio River Purple People Bridge, has closed due to a declining market. 30 employees were laid off Wednesday.

2. A market study conducted predicted 30,000 to 40,000 people would climb in 2006. However, only 10,000 people paid to climb the bridge -- which offered views from 150 feet up.

3. The price was very high for the experience -- $59.95 to $79.95 for adults last June, which was dropped to $29.95 this year. The owner stated he would have lowered the ticket prices if he had to do it all over again.

4. Heavy rains followed by hot weather got the attraction off to a slow start last summer -- and lawsuits over the project scared off potential promotional partners. Attorney Thomas A. Jackson, who filed lawsuits claiming the concept was his, said that bridge climbs could be possible in the future.

Article information: "Ohio River bridge attraction ends after low turnout, The Associated Press, May 24, 2007"

Also of note, Kentucky Life featured the Purple People Bridge and its climbing program in Prrogram 1316 -- last weekend's new episode. You can view it here by copying this URL and opening it in Windows Media Player. Alternatively, you can use Real Media (replace extension with .rm), or view it in your browser here.

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I read about this in the Cleveland indie paper last week. They were tearing about the Cincinnati-based bible basher who's trying to get some strip club law passed (to which the governor basically replied "This is not worth my, nor anyone else's time"), and mentioned how he has expressed an affinity for what the paper described as a large purple phallic.

The article said that it was fairly popular though. Seemed like an interesting tourist attraction though.

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