Extend Bar Hours To Make The City Safer

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Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Extend bar hours to make the city safer? An online survey of 2400 people launched by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes showed overwhelming support for longer bar hours.

The Seattle City Council and City Attorney Pete Holmes are joining Mayor Mike McGinn in a first step toward extended bar hours in the city, which could avoid noise and violence occurring as people pour onto the streets after closing time.

The mayor, along with Holmes and City Councilmember Tim Burgess, will announce today they are starting a process to get the state to allow bars to serve liquor after 2 a.m., the current statewide cutoff.

The idea got plenty of public support but didn’t gain plenty of political attention. The state Liquor Control Board, which sets bar hours, said at the time it did not agree with the idea.

What side are you on? Full story is available on The Seattle Times.

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