Stu Levitan wrote:All I know is that the people who do this for a living (Joel Plant, Susan Crowley,et al) believe -- and the research corroborates -- that there is a clear correlation between density of alcohol establishments and incidence of assaults and other anti-social behavior, and that the gradual decrease in the number of bars and taverns in the target area is one element to a holistic approach to reducing access to cheap alcohol, which will reduce underage and excessive drinking downtown.
I honestly believe that is indeed ALL you know. Yep.
The problem is, more than in all but a rare few college campuses, drinking is out of control among way too many UW students, and a majority of that drinking is done at house parties and private residences.
As people have repeatedly said in this thread and elsewhere, reducing the number of bars in Madison will do very little to reduce the drinking problems among college students in Madison.
Stu Levitan wrote:Let me ask you: Are you satisfied with the state of public safety at bar time downtown? Do you want the city to continue to address concerns over safety by spending more and more on law enforcement -- or would you rather see a long-term structural change in community standards and practices?
No, I'm not. Your band-aid won't help though. There will still be just as much drinking, except now an increased amount at unregulated private residences and house parties.