There is a little conversation on the Columbus Underground about the Sunset Lounge, not located in Weinland Park, but in Italian Village. Apparently there was some gunfire last night and while it’s unknown whether anyone got shot it’s not on any news website  and your local blogger thinks someone just squeezed off a few rounds.

However, the general, albeit small, consensus is that it’s time for the Sunset Lounge to go if it attracts gun play. This is different from Weinland Park. A movement to close down the the D&J pretty much fizzled because the community wanted it to remain open although god knows how many people have been shot in front let alone squeezing off a few clips every once in a while. Convenience won.

There was also a thought on the CU that closing the Sunset would just move their clientele to the St. James Tavern. Having been at the St. James a few times when people thought they were at the Sunset your local blogger can say it wouldn’t be a big deal.

But what about the people who actually go to the Sunset and have lived in the neighborhood forever, if there are any left. But more importantly what does this mean for Weinland Park. As more and more people buy houses and move into the neighborhood they are not, and not unreasonably, going to stand for gunfire, shootings in the street and the sometimes intimidatory attitude of certain neighbors. And such behavior is eventually going to have an adverse effect on the businesses that the gun enthusiasts patronize i.e. they’re going to be closed. So, how does the neighborhood, or if it should, go down to the street corner and say, “Hey, quit shooting stuff up or all the carry-outs are going to be closed.” or “Have you ever tried to buy a single cigarette from a fern bar? Because it’s coming if you don’t cool it.” Note that no one is saying that anyone has to move, start packing, we’re going to gentrify the joint. If housing is provided for all income levels so that people don’t have to move but the previously unremarked upon violent behavior continues with all the ramifications on local business, housing, and the resultant police pressure, and general neighborhood weirdness results in some people moving out of Weinland Park did some people bring gentrification upon themselves? And that’s going to be an uncomfortable conversation. Or will everyone lock up the gun, forget about it, and just wave at their neighbors from the front porch?

 

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