The city's planning commission split this week over whether to allow a venue with late-night entertainment to open in Olde Towne.Sounds great. I'd love a jazz and poetry hangout. And, it a venue like this would help continue the life of High Street further up the street toward the intersection with Effingham, and beyond.
Restaurateurs and club owners Terry Webb and Kelli Davis said they envision young professionals sampling tapas and sipping martinis on lounging platforms while listening to poetry or live music. Opening of Rest at 509 High St. would provide a nightlife option that's missing in Olde Towne, they said.
And then there was this:
Several business owners from the same block, however, said they worry that the venue could bring the same problems to Olde Towne that a nightclub called David's II did during the 1990s.Like the streets of Olde Towne aren't open to everyone?
"Are we bringing in an element of people that we don't need in Olde Towne Portsmouth?" asked James Rizer, who owns an ice cream parlor next door to where Webb would like to open Rest.
I live in Olde Towne; I frequent the Bakery which is just two doors down from the proposed venue. I enjoy Baron's across the street. I welcome a venue as proposed.
It is this attitude of anti-diversity that will kill Portsmouth. Plain and simple.
I support the application. How about you?