When are enough bars enough?

By From page A6 | February 08, 2013

I’m with Adrian Blanco. I like a good party and I like a good drink. But the recent drunken vandalism and looting caught on tape at de Luna Jewelers makes me hate alcohol. Blanco says what we all know — “it’s not just an isolated problem.” In fact, in the same issue of the paper, there are two other crime articles that feature alcohol-related aggression in the downtown.

Sadly, this appears to be the New Downtown Davis, where in-your-face bar-hopping has taken hold, leading people like me to stay away, even though I live close by. I don’t like it. Isn’t it my downtown, too?

How are we to keep core area merchants from leaving when they increasingly have to face the indignity and expense described by Blanco? Selling alcohol brings big bucks, and there would appear to be nothing in place to slow the flow. I would sure like the city to address this issue for those of us who would like to enjoy downtown Davis at night, but no longer feel comfortable there.

Bonnie Mintun

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