Never mind that this would, by definition, exclude the residential drinking neighborhoods of Fells Point, Canton, Federal Hill, and just about any part of the city besides, say, Fort McHenry, Fairfield, or an area within a two-block radius of the Baltimore Convention Center and the two stadiums............
Good idea, or crazy? I particularly want to hear from bar owners/managers--would you want to stay open until 4 AM?
My comments, which I left with the blog:
. . . .[T]here are two problems. First, only a very few bars would likely bother with staying open until 4 AM. Second, you suggest that hours be extended only in non-residential areas. That would exclude Fells Point, Canton, Federal Hill, Charles Village, Roland Park, and other “night life” hot spots. About the only area that might qualify is the immediate vicinity of the Baltimore Convention Center and Inner Harbor. This starts to remind me of the laws that decree that an adult-merchandise store can only be located within certain parameters in the county, and it turns out there’s exactly one or two locations in the county that legally qualify, both in industrial wastelands (as Howard County tried).Thoughts?
Aside from that, I believe you’ve vastly overestimated the demand for until-4-A.M. partying. It’s a concept that tends to fade away when real life, real jobs, etc. intervene, Mardi Gras ends, or the Ravens/Orioles championship victory party is over. The Libertarian in me would be happy to allow any place that can pay for the concept stay open as late as they want, but the middle-aged realist in me shakes his head leeringly at the concept.