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To Revitalize Downtowns, Cities Create Designated ‘Drinking Zones’

Mirroring New Orleans’ French Quarter or the Las Vegas Strip, some cities are experimenting with loosening open container laws in certain commercial areas.

November 7, 2023 - Stateline

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Open Container Laws Ditched in Cincinnati's The Banks Entertainment District

The trend toward the liberalization of outdoor drinking laws continues in Cincinnati. The turned is prevalent enough that this isn't even the first example of a "designated outdoor refreshment area" on the Ohio River.

December 23, 2020 - WCPO

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Friday Funny: What Your Cocktail Says About Your Planning Politics

What does the flavor of your drink say about the flavor of your urbanism?

April 20, 2018 - The Market Urbanism Report

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'Economic Cities,' Saudi Arabia's Mega Projects

Saudi Arabia's government has made huge investments in the hopes of building new cities and districts to attract investment and tourism, despite past failures.

August 21, 2017 - Bloomberg


Friday Fun: Bikes and Beer Take to the Water

Hold my beer while I pedal this boat around Lake St. Clair.

January 20, 2017 - Detroit Free Press

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Happy Hour: Now You Can Drink on the Streets of Manhattan

The city of New York has decided that police have better things to do than bust people for drinking in public. Cheers!

March 4, 2016 - Observer

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Australian Cities Seek Out Design Solutions to Drunken Street Brawling

Faced with the calamity of drunken fisticuffs breaking out when the bars let out for the night, Sydney launched some common sense solutions to calm the hordes of angry drunks.

January 18, 2016 - The Conversation

The Regulations Making Philadelphia a Beer Lover's Paradise

Cities and neighborhoods looking to locate and support breweries and brew pubs should look to Philadelphia as an example of a beer-friendly regulatory environment.

November 18, 2015 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Drinking and Peddling Is Legal in Cincinnati (Yes, There's a Catch)

Drinking and riding isn't legal for everyone—but it is legal on a vehicle known as the Pedal Wagon, which seats 15 people around a mobile bar, thanks to a new state law.

June 27, 2015 - Cincinnati Business Courier

Tacos and Beer

Trendy Chicago Taco Bell to Serve Alcoholic Drinks

Would you like a cerveza with that? A hip neighborhood in Chicago will play host to the first alcohol-serving Taco Bell. Isolated incident, or the future of fast food?

May 29, 2015 - Chicago Tribune

Happy Hour Anyone? Mapping Liquor Licenses and Crime in Dallas

Questions of how to regulate the sale of alcohol, how to enforce public intoxication, and whether or not alcohol leads to crime can quickly divide communities into factions. So what evidence exists to help cities answer these questions?

May 22, 2015 - The Dallas Morning News

Can Data Help Boston Improve its Nightlife?

Boston is considering regulatory changes that would extend the hours of late night services like alcohol sales and transit. An editorial in the Boston Globe recommends a data-driven approach for deciding where to implement the nightlife experiment.

June 16, 2014 - Boston Globe

New York Cycling

Please Use Bike Share, Just Don't Ride Home from the Bar

Cheaper than a cab and more appealing than waiting for a train, Citi Bike has become a popular means of late night travel for New Yorkers. The Times finds the need to point out to overly enthusiastic users that biking while drunk isn't exactly legal.

August 25, 2013 - The New York Times

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