Some try to be opportunistic, not in a good way.
### ODT Online Thu, 12 Nov 2009
Car-free Octagon plan hits snag
By David Loughrey
Lower Octagon businesses pushing for the area to be closed to traffic during summer have been told to put more work into their idea if they want it to go ahead.
And these are the businesses that want to bring in a dress code. Ridiculous.
DCC needs to soldier on with an urban design study of public places in the CBD – especially with regard to the Octagon, which doesn’t show off the centre of town to best advantage. The place should be sparkling, edgy and immaculate, and that’s just the landscaping design.
Businesses in the lower Octagon that promote and sell alcohol in this way won’t be seeing my patronage for a very long time.
### ODT Online Fri, 13 Nov 2009
Spat over bars’ drinks-discount deal
By Debbie Porteous
A spat between the authorities and lower Octagon bar owners has started over a promotion offering patrons a discounted taxi home if they buy six drinks in four hours. The authorities say the promotion, which covers the period between 7pm and 11pm on Thursdays, breaches the Sale of Liquor Act by encouraging patrons to drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Post by Elizabeth Kerr