Tempe New Year's Eve Block Party bust

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The crowds still showed up to Mill Avenue for New Year's Eve but it wasn't as family-friendly as previous years. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The crowds still showed up to Mill Avenue for New Year's Eve but it wasn't as family-friendly as previous years. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Business owners feel the City of Tempe needs to do something to keep the party spirit alive. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Business owners feel the City of Tempe needs to do something to keep the party spirit alive. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
It'll be months before Tempe reveals what they'll do for New Year's Eve for 2018. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) It'll be months before Tempe reveals what they'll do for New Year's Eve for 2018. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Things are back to normal on Mill Avenue after a scaled-down New Year's Eve celebration for 2017.

"It's a little quieter and not as many people," said Ronnie Carter.

"It's our first time on Mill. We could never afford to bring the whole family before. I think it's fine cause we've never experienced it," said Alex Longoria.

It's no secret the City of Tempe has struggled to keep the famous block party going. A loss of sponsorship led to a cancellation back in November.

[READ MORE: Tempe's big New Year's Eve bash cancelled]

"I did nothing. I didn't plan anything. I was just hoping the attraction of Mill Ave. and all my regulars would be enough people to support us," said Spencer Golish, owner of 414 Pizza.

A last minute sponsor saved the fireworks show at Tempe Town Lake and the crowds of people did show up but long-time block party supporters weren't happy with what they got.

"This one is more bar scene, um, not very family friendly. There's nothing for kids to do. Last year, they had a dance floor in the middle of the street and activities for families. Now if you really don't like drinking then there is no reason to come down here. If it doesn't change next year, we'll probably find somewhere else to go," said Karin Carter.

By the lines of people outside bars and the packed tables inside restaurants, it seemed other people didn't mind the lack of activities out on the street.

"I was three to four deep at the bar for most of the night," said Golish.

With such a variety of entertainment on Mill Avenue, business owners feel the City of Tempe needs to do something to keep the party spirit alive.

"Do I think it needs to be as big as a few years ago? Not necessarily but maybe some fireworks or featured main event or something that would be a draw for people to come down here," said Golish

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