Interfere with Kansas City residents' ability to drink in public until the wee hours, and opinions will flow.
Peter Rugg's post about a proposed ordinance restricting 3 a.m. liquor licenses to areas of the city "more synonymous with convention and tourism" spun a long comment thread. There were vodka-flecked howls of disapproval as well as arguments that Westport, which is both a destination and a residential neighborhood, needs to tighten up the dispensing of alcohol.
Citizen of the world Miles Bonny used a recent trip abroad to argue that Kansas City leaders should do more celebrating and less tsk-tsking.
I just returned from doing shows in Germany, where they not only have NO CLOSING TIME (and often close at 6am), but cities like BERLIN actually promote their nightlife to tourists. On the plane ride home I listened to airplane radio discussing how great and vibrant the clubs in Berlin are. DEAR KANSAS CITY POLITICIANS, NIGHTLIFE IS A DRAW!! Often times Im dissapointed at the confused direction of this city's development. It seems KC government is unaware of how they are not only destroying future evening entertainment but also pushing dollars into the hands of out of state business. I feel this is a poor choice.One a.m., 3 a.m., we choose whiskey and then a cab.