Open liquor laws on 17th a ‘no-brainer’ Busi­nesses pe­ti­tion to let con­sumers drink on street

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Imag­ine strolling down 17th with­out hav­ing to hide the fact that your Gulp-sized Slurpee is, in fact, a tall drink of wine.

A num­ber of busi­nesses in the area are float­ing the idea of let­ting con­sumers walk the streets with booze in plas­tic togo cups to help re-in­vig­o­rate the con­struc­tion-laden area.

Troy Wolfe, Pet Planet fran­chisee, started the pe­ti­tion with eight ideas to pre­serve the vi­tal­ity of 17th Av­enue while the city con­tin­ues con­struc­tion from Macleod Trail to 14th Street.

He’s a mem­ber of a stake­holder group in­vited by the city to help keep the area strong.

Wolfe’s ideas in­clude mak­ing the area a good place for pedes­tri­ans to con­gre­gate, com­plete with benches and ta­bles, along with bet­ter store­front ad­ver­tise­ments and eas­ier access to food trucks and buskers.

“We’re sup­posed to have a pro­gres­sive mayor, a pro­gres­sive pre­mier and pro­gres­sive prime min­is­ter, so to me this is progress, this is a no-brainer,” said Wolfe. “Why is Texas fur­ther ahead than any­where in Canada when it comes to liquor laws?”


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