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Downtown stabbing revives commingling concerns

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The stabbing of a teenager inside a Buffalo bar early this morning is reinforcing Mayor Byron Brown's concerns about commingling.

Brown says he has not received all the details yet, but the 18-year-old man was treated and released after being stabbed inside the Barcelona bar on Pearl Street around 3 a.m. 

In April, Brown agreed with the Common Council's six-month pilot program that allows people under 21-years-of-age in bars in the Entertainment District on Thursday nights.  Brown says he was opposed, but compromised with, the Council after bar owners requested the trial run.   He says, for the most part, the program is going well.

"We're going to continue to evaluate it with the council, but my position, and I think I'm sticking with the position even though the pilot has been successful, [is] not wanting to see commingling at all downtown," Brown said Friday afternoon.

The mayor says he will make a decision on commingling when the six-month trial ends in October.  He says it will be based on data, not on emotions. 

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