No special liquor zones in downtown Portland after all

No special liquor zones in downtown Portland after all »Play Video
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Two years of work has gone down the drain as plans for a zone that would limit certain types of liquor sales in parts of downtown Portland goes by the wayside.

Back in September of 2010, the City of Portland asked the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to look into whether it could restrict the type of alcohol that is sold in certain areas of downtown Portland.

Since then, both sides have committed time and money to the proposal but on Friday, the OLCC told the city that it doesn't have the power to make the changes. They said a ruling by the Attorney General prevents not only the OLCC, but the city, from restricting the volume and type of alcohol that is sold in downtown Portland.

According to City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, the city devoted around 1,200 hours of staff time to put the plan together and she is highly disappointed that all of that was for naught.

"I'm appalled that we were asked to do all of this work and yet apparently the commission now feels that they don't have the basis to make use of the studies and the city staff time that the taxpayers paid our city staff to do," Fritz said.

Now of course not everyone agrees that restricting alcohol sales at some downtown shops would help a public intoxication problem.

"As long as you have this many bars in a neighborhood, you're going to have public intoxication," said Chad Tout, who lives and works in the area. "I don't think the city cutting down is going to make a difference."