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I am a Prospect Heights'er whose day brightens on word that a new restaurant or bar has opened in my neighborhood. I also hear a lot about the struggles businesses face getting community board approval for a liquor license, and it makes me think CB8 is out of touch with the changing neighborhood. I also think the board has figured out a strategy to slow gentrification: Tell bars the must close by 2 AM. This presents a diminished bottomline for the bar owner, and he takes his business elsewhere. With less bars, the street gets less attention from singles with expendable income who like to blow it on food and drinks, and the block becomes less of a target landing for giant rental condos with fun amentities that appeal to the mentioned demographic and things stay basically as they are.
I'm not hating on CB8 for trying their hardest to keep the neighborhood from changing. I very much sympathize with the people who have been here the longest and want there businesses neighbors and rent prices to stay the same. But I do wonder, is CB8 playing fair? Are they giving new late hour businesses the chance they deserve, or are they doing everything in their power to keep out what's new?