At a public hearing last night to discuss moving Atlanta’s ‘last call’ for alcohol sales back to 4 a.m., nearly all of the two dozen people that spoke supported the idea.
From the story, “Extending ‘last call’ in Atlanta gets support from some residents,” by AJCer Eric Stirgus:
About 60 people showed up at the 80-minute public hearing. Some were young. Some were bar owners and service-industry employees who argued in favor of the idea, saying Atlanta needs longer hours if it is to be a world-class city. Many live in Castleberry Hill, the central Atlanta neighborhood that has become a hub for nightlife in the city in recent years.
Mayor Shirley Franklin, City Council President Lisa Borders and Councilman Howard Shook, who arranged Monday’s hearing, each oppose the idea. They say it will put an additional burden on police officers. Borders said Monday she believes there is a correlation between late-night nightlife and crime.
I’ll try to keep you updated on this issue as it progresses, or if it comes to a stop next month, when the council is likely to decide whether to study the change. For now, there’s been an interesting discussion about it over in a post from last week, “How would 4 a.m. last call change Atlanta?” Let’s keep the discussion moving forward in a respectful way. The more perspectives, the better!
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