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No longer content to just go after tea candles, Cambridge now working to stop the scourge of music - and TVs and foosball tables - at local bars and clubs

Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge zoning board has agreed to enforce a limit on live entertainment at local pubs despite the fact that the limit is not actually incorporated in the city zoning code. The specific ruling comes against Shine Square Pub in Porter Square - which is still embroiled in a lawsuit with the city over the way it doled out liquor licenses; in fact, it's the only plaintiff in the suit that is still open - but it could apply to clubs across the city.

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Do you need for a clown show?

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Section G specifies "dancing and entertainment". The city needs to go pound sand.

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It's too entertaining. Can't you dance in a more tiresome manner?

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Is there some kind of stealth Amish takeover going on?

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Cambridge is just getting a jump on celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Winthrop Fleet. Puritanism has never really gone away.

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None of this "no fun!" stuff is really historical Amish theology. They caught it from the Baptists and Methodists during the Second Great Awakening.

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Is this Cambridge or Gilead?

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what current business owner is profiting when other pubs aren't allowed to add entertainment? And how much are they contributing to the zoning board members here?

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Ah, zoning -- the best way to keep the city boring, and strangle the housing supply to keep prices up and benefit existing owners.

It is important to have a clear definition of a Section G dance hall. But at the same time, we might want to question why dancing must be prohibited at all in Business A, A1, A2, A3, and A4 zones. What is the problem this regulation is trying to solve, and who wants it this way?

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Where you're not allowed to have TOO much fun

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I used to really envy those guys across the river, They sure knew how to throw a party.
Party is over I guess.

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Texting and walking
Texting and talking
Texting and cycling

But will continue to take a hands-off approach to texting and driving

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was fun until you showed up.

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Lower the noise levels in dining and drinking establishments. Not only can you not hear your server or your companions without screaming, it is very damaging to the hearing of people who work there.

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Ever since they let a bar next to a church, the whole city has turned into a shit show.

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So if I dance to a tune being played at a Cambridge pub should I fear being handcuffed and hauled off to jail!? Will the pub lose its liquor license? Shaming people for having a fun time with... (gasp!) live music and dancing?? Cambridge is creeping toward the dark ages with their draconian regulations.

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This had me confused for a minute even after reading the linked article since no where does it mention that Shine Square Pub had taken over McCabe's.

I really hope the owners of all those places win out in court over the corrupt/inept Cambridge Commission. And it's determined whether or not there should be charges against some of the previous members of that commission.

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Oops I missed the Cambridge Day link and just read the older lawsuit one... nevermind...

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next they're gonna ban sex cause it's too much like dancing

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