Tuesday, July 28, 2015


A proposal to permanently end the  Halloween restrictions on downtown bar hours is on the city council agenda tonight. Currently, council must revisit this every year and reauthorize it, in order to prevent a return to the violence filled celebrations of the 1990s. Today however, since the demarcation line for enforcement moved south to West Elm, the current ordinance only affects 3 bars:   Hangar 9, Sidetracks and Stix. City council feels that so few bars are affected, revisiting the issue on an annual basis makes little to revisit the issue every year.

I did find it amusing that the story in the Southern, front page no less, uses 15 year old photos of the crowds back in the 1990s and 2000, instead of more recent photos from recent years which would show a mostly empty Illinois Avenue on Halloween weekend.

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