Here the subject is drinking, not gambling. The powers-that-be of the River Market (you know who we mean) are hot to allow street drinking at night in the district, to create a Beale Street-type entertainment zone. Guess what? There’s great disagreement among merchants and other residents of the neighborhood about this. Some don’t want the trash and vomit. Some clubs fear competition from street booze vendors. Some fear bad traffic.

Jim Harris, on the Little Rocking Blog, covered a neighborhood meeting on the subject today. Check it out. So far, they refuse to support legislation that would amend the law to allow such zones in Arkansas cities.