Tonight, right about when happy hour starts in most saloons, the city's liquor licensing specialist, Theresa Marchetti, is holding a public meeting where liquor license holders can sound off on how the ban would (or wouldn't) affect them.
The city, led by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, wants to "address the chronic problem of street drinking in the downtown core," according to the notice for tonight's meeting.
Of course, some convenience store owners who deal out the hard stuff worry that they might shut their doors without the business. And others complain it's all about making downtown more the domain of hipster clans pushing $400 strollers.
But city officials point to places like Seattle, where the ban has reduced police calls for public drunkenness. They want the same results here.
One thing sure to please downtown's young elite: Micro-brews won't be affected. We'll post updates from the meeting tomorrow and have more on the story next week.
The Portland Building — 2nd floor auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave.
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