Posted August22, 2012
The city has announced a plan to curb late night rowdyism downtown. It is a good first step with elements designed to reduce the problems of drunkenness and free wheeling public civil disobedience.
The important part is there is a plan, finally. It is a coordinated effort with city personnel, police, and private security guards to control the taxi stands. The express purpose is to efficiently move people out of the area after the bars close. Porta-pottys will be available for both men and women and, good thinking here, removed during the daytime.
Another move is to ban cars from the core during the evening hours. While this may encourage what one individual stated was creating a Mardi Gras atmosphere, it is another good step to turn the downtown into a community place where all citizens can enjoy themselves in a civil manner.
The only thing missing is the role of the liquor outlets. The operators should have some skin in the initiative.
Also contributing to this problem is the University. Officials closed the campus pubs on weekends some time ago. This created a vacuum that forced students to party downtown.
City staff is to be commended for taking on this long-time issue. Let’s hope it works.