City Councilman Kwanza Hall surprised his colleagues with a proposal yesterday to examine whether allowing Atlanta bars to close later would be a boon for the city's nightlife and budget. From the AJC's ubiquitous Eric Stirgus:
Hall introduced legislation Monday requesting the city study the revenue opportunities of expanding the hours to sell liquor from 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. City Council President Lisa Borders sent the legislation to the council's Finance/Executive committee for further discussion. Hall wants a summary report by Jan. 30.
Hall said the sales tax money from extending the hours could fund public safety improvements. He said the city could enact the longer hours in areas of Atlanta where it's more practical.
"I think we need to look at revenue," said Hall, whose district includes portions of Castleberry Hill, Midtown and the Old Fourth Ward, where nightlife is more prevalent than other parts of the city. "Who knows how many millions of dollars we've lost?"
Some councilmembers weren't pleased with Hall's proposal. Councilman Howard Shook, who represents Buckhead neighborhoods that pushed for the earlier bar hours, said Hall's idea would be "dead on arrival." City Council President Lisa Borders called the idea "absolutely irresponsible." Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell said the additional revenue wasn't worth the potential headache.
But Hall's been tweeting about the proposal nonstop and wants residents' opinions, which is why we've created this high-tech "blog." Comments will be printed and hand-delivered to the appropriate council committee by bowtie-wearing monkeys holding balloons. The event will be filmed. And if council lets bars stay open later, we'll release the monkeys back into the wild. It's up to you, people.
UPDATE: Hall elaborates on his proposal in the comments below.
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