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POLL: Should South End Clubs Close Earlier?

Mayor Menino wants some Theater District clubs to close earlier than 2 a.m.. Do you think closing times for South End venues should be earlier, as well?

"The neighborhood as a whole has long been wracked by violence, much of which occurs on Tremont, Warrenton and Stuart streets as thousands spill out of the clubs after the 2 a.m. closing time," said Boston Herald writer Dave Wedge in his article about Menino's efforts to curb club violence in the Theater District. 

He quoted Menino's letter to the Boston's liquor licensing board about the Theather District clubs, which says, "By staggering the hours of operation of the alcoholic beverage licenses of these establishments on a rotating basis, we can achieve a more effective dispersal of patrons and protect the entire Theatre District."

Would the South End also benefit from earlier and staggered club closing times?  Vote in our poll and leave a comment with your thoughts.  

Sancho Panza May 05, 2012 at 03:37 PM
More police presence and later closing times will actually help the situation. If all bars were open until 3 am, people would naturally exit the clubs on a staggered basis. This would also solve the cab shortage problem that appears in Boston beginning at 1 am each weekend night.
SM_bos May 07, 2012 at 11:52 AM
The article in the Globe indicated they were looking at letting clubs serve soft-drinks or food later, not alcohol. Let people filter out instead of rushing out all-at-once.
Kasey Hariman May 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Hi SM_bos! Any chance you've got the link to that article? I couldn't find it with a Google search, and we definitely want to have the most complete picture of the situation. Thanks for commenting, either way!
SM_bos May 08, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I guess it was just an editorial making a suggestion, not a story about an actual proposal. http://articles.boston.com/2012-05-05/opinion/31571431_1_club-licenses-boston-police-nightclubs
Kasey Hariman May 08, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Thanks for finding it, though, and letting us know! It's helpful.

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