Is State Street at risk of being overtaken by bars?

That's at the center of a recent spat between downtown businesses, some of which claim that letting the Alcohol License Density Ordinance expire will usher in a slew of new bars and push out retailers.

The law, which was approved by the City Council in 2007, capped the number of bars that could locate within one square mile of the UW campus. A new bar can only be approved if it is replacing an existing one, so the number of bars hasn't increased since 2007.

Should this ordinance be allowed to expire? Will downtown be taken over by bars?

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