S.L. City Council agrees to take another look at neighborhood bars with restrictions in place

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  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    July 18, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    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.

  • mamiejane Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    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.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    So a neighborhood restaurant could server beer, but not a neighborhood pub?

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    July 18, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    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.

  • GuitarMan1975 Draper, UT
    July 18, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    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.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 18, 2012 4:13 a.m.

    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.