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Fewer bars=less violence

""It's one of the few sets of businesses we have left downtown," said Goolsby. "Everybody else has pulled out. We have bars and we have restaurants and we need to make sure those businesses stay." "

The main reason businesses left (such as the antique stores that used to be all over Front St.) was because of the proliferation of bars that catered to young drinkers like Marines and college students. Every time a storefront closed, a bar opened. It turned downtown into a mini-Bourbon Street. We are reaping what the city allowed to grow. I'm not saying bars don't have a right to open and operate. I enjoy going to most of the restaurants downtown. But really...does downtown need SO many BARS?

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