It’s a 15-year old war of words between the owners of adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road and the neighborhoods that surround them and smack in the middle of it is Atlanta City Council District 6 Alex Wan, who represents District 6.
“It’s been easily the most significant piece of legislation I’ve undertaken in my term,” Wan told WSB’s Pete Combs.
Now, the battle is about to come to a head. The Atlanta City Council is voting on whether to order sexually oriented businesses on Cheshire Bridge to pack up and move out within five years, even though they were grandfathered in eight years ago.
“A yes vote to me is a vote in support of neighborhoods,” Wan said. “A no vote signals that we side (with) the small percentage of businesses in the area that impact thousands and thousands of businesses every day.”
Wan said he hopes the neighborhoods win, but says the city council vote is too close to call.
On the other side of the zoning war are the adult businesses themselves, the owners of which consider this an attack on their First Amendment rights and an illegal effort to take their property. They are supported by employees and grassroots groups like Queer Up! Atlanta.
Queer Up! Activist Taylor Alexander told the AJC residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Cheshire Bridge Rd. knew what they were getting into when they moved in.
“It’s dumbfounding to me that people would want to change it when they knew what they were getting when they moved into it,” he told the Journal-Constitution.
The City Council votes on the measure during its Monday meeting, which begins at 1:00 p.m.