VIDEO: West Avenue sees nightlife changes

Crowds, increased crime put spotlight on downtown Fayetteville street

Posted: January 21, 2018 at 1 a.m.

A group of residents waits outside the entrance to Teatro Scarpino across from Z330 Bar and Patio on West Avenue north of Dickson Street in Fayetteville. The short stretch of West Avenue has become a spot ripe for personal conflicts, increased crime and police patrols.

FAYETTEVILLE — A short stretch of West Avenue has become a spot ripe for personal conflicts, increased crime and police patrols as throngs of young people pour onto the street when bars close at 2 a.m.

Arkansas Private Club License

A state law passed in April altered how private clubs are vetted in Arkansas. Act 1112 makes it so private clubs have to get permission from the local government to operate. The applicant still has to get a liquor license from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control. The act’s sponsor, Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, has said the intention was to give local authorities more say in what comes into their community.

Source: Staff report

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