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Local Bars Prepare for Upcoming 21-Ordinance Vote

IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Carefully checking id's at the door is something bar owner Leah Cohen has been doing for the past 30 years.
Her bar BoJames sits right in the middle of downtown Iowa City--a place known to get a little rowdy especially at night.
But besides game day madness, Cohen like many other downtown bar owners says since 2010 crime has gone down--a dip she credits to the 21 ordinance.
"What we see is less of that crime because it's an older crowd now," Cohen said.
The city released a new report comparing crime before and after the 21-ordinance.
The study shows that assaults, fights, burglaries and criminal mischief all went down after the ordinance was passed.
"I don't think that we see the problems downtown that we used to have," she said.
But that may change after Tuesday when voters decide on if the ordinance should go back to letting those 19 and over stay in bars past 10 pm.
An issue some voters say should be left up to the bars.
"An adult is still an adult and should be treated as such," said voter Mike McConnell.
"It's a safer place than going somewhere out or something where they may not be safe," said UI student David Henne.
But no matter the outcome, bar owners like Cohen says she has a plan.
"I'm going to roll with the punches, however it goes."
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