SF Supervisors Backing Plan To Ban New Bars On Polk Street

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A man drinks a pint of beer. (Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A San Francisco Supervisors’ committee was receptive Monday to a proposal to slow the pace of new liquor stores and bars sprouting up on a 6-block stretch of Polk St.

The proposal, by Supervisor David Chiu, was drafted in response to neighbor complaints that that there are simply too many places offering alcohol on the strip between California and O’Farrell streets. There are 45 active alcohol permits in the area.

“This proliferation of alcohol establishments have had adverse impacts on the quality of life for the neighborhood of noise, public drunkenness, public safety, pedestrian and traffic congestion,” Chiu said.

Chiu’s measure would ban new permits for bars and liquor stores, though still allow businesses to transfer existing permits to a new location, as well as allow new restaurants and some designated specialty stores to sell alcohol.

The committee planned to send the proposal to the full Board of Supervisors for consideration later this month.

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