Pin It

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Proposal to keep bars open until 4 a.m. goes down in flames

Don't know how to break it to you, ya late-night carousers. So we'll just be blunt.

Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall during the 2009 public hearing about extending bar hours.
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall during the 2009 public hearing about extending bar hours.

The Atlanta City Council Public Safety Committee unanimously voted yesterday to block Councilman Kwanza Hall's legislation that would allow bars to pour alcohol until 4 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Hall has long championed the measure, arguing that it could help boost the city's nightlife and generate additional tax revenue. But none of his colleagues who sit on the Public Safety Committee, the measure's first stop in the legislative process, consider it a wise idea.

"We've enjoyed a downward trend in crime," said Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean. "When we had extended bar hours in the Buckhead area there was nothing but trouble... It's a big safety issue to me. I don't think we have the bandwidth to keep our city safe with these extended bar hours."

Councilwoman Joyce Shepherd said previous discussions about rolling back bar hours often turned into divisive fights.

"There's a long history of why we turned it back from 4 a.m. back down to 2 [a.m.]," said Councilwoman Joyce Shepherd. "We're not at a point to go back and revisit that."

Hall's legislation that would ease the restrictions on food trucks was held to allow the city law department more time to vet the proposal.

Hall's office said he'd offer us a comment after the pension reform vote, which should start any minute. (Watch live here.) We'll update when we hear word.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments (17)

Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

Latest in Fresh Loaf

More by Thomas Wheatley

03/26/2015

Search Events

Search Fresh Loaf

Recent Comments

© 2015 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Powered by Foundation