Howard Shook

A proposal to extend bar hours was overwhelmingly defeated at the Atlanta City Council meeting July 5, and Councilman Howard Shook thanked the 11 council members who voted to scrap the plan.

“My thanks to all those who communicated their concern to the council about the longer hours and the threatened return to the notorious weekly disruption and violence that came to define the Buckhead Village scene of years past,” Shook said. “Former Mayor Sam Massell deserves special recognition for his influential lobbying effort.”

On Tuesday, Massell emailed a statement about the plan to extend closing time past 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., calling it, “ill-conceived.”

“There will be arguments about loss of business, about needed tax revenue, about city image, about patron behavior, about crime stats, about competing jurisdictions, even about constitutional rights and racial discrimination,” Massell wrote. “The one issue that can’t be dismissed, however, is the absolute damage to quality of life.”

The council voted 11-3 against the plan.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of