Mayor Rahm Emmanuel of Chicago, a democrat, is dealing with horrific violence
and murders in Chicago. One major strategy he is enforcing to cut down on the
violence is closing down liquor establishments and bars in neigborhoods where
everyone agrees most of the violence starts. Salt Lake City?? Let's open
up more liquor establishments in our neighborhoods so more violent people have a
place to hang out. Are you kidding me? Maybe Rahm should come out here and
testify before the City Council.
This story is misleading in two ways. The proposal before the City Council came
through the Planning Commission, which modified the Mayor's proposal after
several public hearings. The testimony before the Planning Commission was far
more mixed than the live testimony that came before the City Council, with a
substantial number of citizens expressing support for the proposal. Thus, to the
extent that this story implies a proposal from the Mayor that has been
universally rejected, it fails to relay the truth of the record.
Bars are there to serve alcohol, which makes people intoxicated. Food
(restaurants) makes the alcohol more slowly absorbed and mitigates the effects
of alcohol. Neighborhoods have the right to limit the number of intoxicated
people in their environs. Freedom to do something must be balanced by freedom
from that something.
So a neighborhood restaurant could server beer, but not a neighborhood pub?
The citizens of these neighborhoods have the right to determine whether to allow
commercial business to operate in their midst. From the feedback written here it
seems clear that the answer is no.
Ugh.... ****SMACK**** Forhead into palm. Here is the deal. No one is
going to open a bar in your neighborhood unless it will be profitable. Those of
us who have no qualms about such things must be there en masse in order for an
entrepenuer to spend the dough and deal with the headaches that come with
running such an establishment. Also, let's be specific about
'risks'. If your concern is that the bar will attract an alcoholic
that will drive under the influence, let's talk about it. If your concern
is that your children will see that people drink, not my problem nor is it the
city's. It sounds like restaraunts are the primary candidates
for these areas, so the bar issue doens't really apply. People like to have
wine or beer with their meal, they are not drunks. Occasionally I enjoy a nice
scotch or Irish Coffee after dinner. I am not going to turn up your street
inhebraited and speed through your neighborhood.
I still believe that cities should allow pedestrian pubs into local
neighborhoods where people can meet and socialize without having to drive a
vehicle to join their friends and neighbors. People walk to church and the
stores, why not the family pubs for a few laughs and jokes without TV's and
DJ's, where socializing is a form of independence.