Reporting Chuck Carroll
BETHESDA, Md. (CBSDC) — A task force charged with making Montgomery County more appealing to a younger demographic is preparing its recommendations to help bolster the county’s “cool factor.”
Officials are hopeful they will be able to attract young professionals in the same manner as neighboring Washington and nearby Arlington County where the lifestyle has been significantly improved for the work hard, party hard crowd.
The 20-somethings knock Bethesda’s nightlife for having “a lot of old people” at bars. Not that it completely detours their thirst-driven conquests, but the city is getting penalized a few cool points because mom and dad are bellying up to the bar alongside them.
One suggestion being floated by the task force? A later last call.
The committee is proposing to civic advisory groups that bars remain open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The recommendations are not limited to alcohol and fun alone. The proposals also touch on quality of life, transportation issues, public safety, jobs, business, public spaces, and housing.
Quality of Life
- Encourage more housing options
- Allow food trucks to operate in designated areas from 10 p.m. until bars close
- Amend noise ordinance to allow decibel increase to 85dBA in designated areas
- Increase number of taxi stands
- Expand the “Safe Ride” program
- Expand late night transit service
- Enhance pedestrian and bicycle access
- Create a “social venue” license
- Increase police staffing
- Increase liquor inspectors
Final recommendations are scheduled to go to Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett later this fall.