[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=3x2&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1380083353&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4373806&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1380083353 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- In a unaninmous vote, the Birmingham City Council has approved open air entertainment districts in the city. This paves the way for popular night hot spots to band together, similar to a Bourbon Street, and allow more relaxed open-container laws. The districts would be roughly 0.5 miles-by-0.5 miles wide. Some patrons of the Lakeview district, which is a strong candidate to be among the first to receive this designation, believe it will be a good move for the city. “Rather than going out and kind of being hamstrung to one specific place with your friends,” said Dave Folk, “You can kind of choose a place to go and walk between different areas. It will also promote a lot more social gatherings and people are going to be a lot more likely to meet new friends out.” Folk agrees that there are some inherent worries, such as increased fighting, but thinks overall the move will be a success.
Several cities in Alabama have passed similar legislation, including Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery. Other areas in the city that could become open air entertainment districts include Five Points South and the new area around the BJCC.