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Traverse City Meeting to Ban Alcohol Downtown

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It's an area of downtown that is mean to be a walkway, or quick gathering spot.

But, the city and local businesses say alcohol is a problem here.

The Traverse City Commission met tonight, to discuss adopting a ban on all alcohol in the Jay Walter Smith Walkway, on Front Street in Downtown Traverse City.

Pangeas Pizza Pub and Kilwins chocolate employees both tell 9 and 10 News that they notice customers turning away, not wanting to walk through the walkway.

It also makes employees uncomfortable.

The city and local businesses believe banning alcohol will be a good start, but think there's more to be done.

The commission plans to come up with a plan to resolve the loitering problem in several parks throughout the city.

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