Overconsumption - Downtown & Neighborhood Safety

Although SN print edition is on hiatus until January, there is an online story on last night's Council work session (not televised), focused on the "50-50" food/alcohol regulation:


I hate to remind Tiplett , weaseling as ever, but as a self-styled Democrat, isn't he supposed to support regulation that business owners condemn as burdensome?

Seriously, as far as I can tell, when you scratch the surface, Triplett is nothing more than a gung-ho enthusiast for taxpayer-subsidized developers, who use non-union contractors, to build high-priced student apartments and add yet more fuel to the downtown party scene.

All East Lansing citizens, but especially those in Bailey and Oakwood, most directly affected, and downtown business owners with interests other than more partying, need to start expressing their concerns about the direction downtown is headed.

In the article, Vic Loomis, who has longstanding ties to the business community, says he is hearing "the industry" wants to leave the "50-50" rule in place, which would be better for responsible owners and those who might actually want to cater to someone other than cheap-food, heavy-drinking students (if still possible) -- the worse the party scene, the less non-students, or even sober students, want to come downtown. Kevin Beard is willing to suspend the reporting rule for a year but wants some kind of replacement to help "establishments operate as restaurants and not as bars and saloons" -- shouldn't a replacement come first?

Triplett doesn't believe the "50-50" rule solves the problem of overconsumption -- he might deserve benefit of the doubt if he had an actual record showing concern about overconsumption and its affects on downtown and the community (and on health and safety of those over-consuming), instead of a reputation for hanging out in a downtown establishment owned by one of his campaign contributors.

Suspending the rule is expected to be voted on by Council next week in its public session, and those worried about the future of downtown should weigh in (despite time of year).

My message to Triplett is, if he wants people to take him as more than a self-serving politician playing to his base (politically connected developers and bar owners), before calling for suspension of a rule he believes is ineffective, he needs to propose an alternative that is more effective. Incessant chatter and posturing for the press is no substitute for knowing what you are talking about.

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