News Hopes for AIAs Trashed
posted by July 26 at 15:19 PMon
by Rebecca Tapscott
In two years, the City will release a final study ascertaining the effectiveness of Seattle’s Alcohol Impact Areas, aimed at deterring chronic inebriates. However, concerned neighbors like Katie Comer, staff member of Pioneer Square Community Association, can already tell it’s not working.
“It was great for about a week,” Comer says about the new Liquor Board rules, which ban a list of name-brand beers and wines with high alcohol content and a low price. “Then they switched [from Steel Reserve] to Icehouse.” A shrewd swap—both beers have over 8% alcohol content.
The Washington State Liquor Board acknowledges this staggering loophole, but explains that a formula approach, which could ban beers with a certain alcohol content and price, is unfair to producers. According to current rules, community members must show a link from the product (by name) to the problem. This leaves community members gathering littered beer cans in order to update the banned-products list.