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Also, surely drunk driving causes more pain, suffering, and bottom-dollar cost to our society than "public drunkenness". Wouldn't it make more sense to ban alcohol at restaurants? If the hobos are drinking outside the store, they ain't driving anywhere fucked up, right Fritz?
Eh, people would just have a friend blow into it for them. I'd rather such much, MUCH stiffer penalties for first-time drunk driving, not to mention repeat DUI offenders. We should impound cars, not suspend licenses. If a person is going to get busted for DUI 10 times, what makes us think they'll care about driving on a suspended license?
Well, that and things like actually having buses that can get you home at that time of night...
Also, I enjoy an occasional Old English forty.
We all know that only homeless people are alcoholics. We all know that prohibition solves addiction (hence the overwhelming success of the drug war.) Obviously those with addictions to alcohol who spend their time in this area will just give up on drinking because it won't be as easy as walking over a few blocks to buy these demon drinks that are the bane of society.
Oh, and while we're at it, let's only make it possible for rich people with vehicles to get hammered and drive home.
Why don't we just put up an electric fence around China town and throw cases of cheap beer at the homeless while hordes of self-righteous city officials laugh merrily and consume cocktails from their sidewalk seats at high end bars?
This is ridiculous. Get a clue, Portland.