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The New York Times had a piece on Sunday on the increase in city drinking, its impact on emergency room admissions and the impact on neighborhoods. Here is an excerpt:

In one of the newer ads, a young man, face bruised, his neck in a brace, is being hauled away in an ambulance. “Two drinks ago,” the copy reads, “this wasn’t your ride.” Two drinks ago, one infers, our subject wasn’t drinking a Rhône Valley white.

The campaign arrived amid discomfiting statistics that made it hard to dismiss as hysteria. In 2009, alcohol was responsible for more than 8,840 hospitalizations in New York, a 36 percent increase over 2000. Additionally, the proportion of alcohol-related emergency-room visits among New Yorkers ages 21 to 64 doubled from 2003 to 2009. There were 70,000 such visits just in 2009. More here.

Interesting to think about as the Mission reconsiders its ban on liquor licenses. We’ve written about the ban’s ineffectiveness in lessening the amount of alcohol sold in the Mission.

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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