Mayoral candidates Paul Soglin and Scott Resnick squared off on the fate of State Street during their first candidates’ forum since the primary election.
The Thursday night forum was hosted by three east side business associations and focused on the Capitol East Business District, but debate turned to zoning on State Street.
Resnick reacted to a Soglin suggestion of a cap on the number of bars on State Street.
"The young professionals, like myself and my wife who live down there, are not being listened to. We are seeing threats of moratoriums on bars, as if that would be the answer."
Soglin defended his proposal suggesting that support is needed for retailers on State Street.
"Are you going to walk past one bar after another, and like missing teeth in a smile, eventually get to one retailer and if we lose the dynamics of enough retailers, we're going to lose the rest of them."