Platt: Alderman demands ‘social engineering’ to tame the Red Mile

If drunks were calm and considerate, there wouldn’t be an issue.

If only alcohol didn’t result in yelling, violence and sidewalks full of vomit, Calgary’s busiest bar stroll wouldn’t be in big trouble — but booze does, and city hall wants 17 Ave. S.W. to sober up.

As a result, the so-called Red Mile is facing the most stringent red tape to hit an entertainment district since the city used zoning rules to effectively shut down the infamous Electric Avenue in the 1980s.

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