Nevius: Restaurant Moratoriums Are Not the Answer

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Nevius, in less gray days. Photo: KQED

Speaking of the Valencia restaurant explosion and the subsequent one-year freeze on new restaurants proposed by Valencia merchants, everyone's favorite print-world curmudgeon, C.W. Nevius has piped in with a characteristic argument against government intervention. "You can't put a moratorium on progress," he insists, and he points to similar panics among merchants in Noe Valley and the Castro in the 1980s when those neighborhoods were gentrifying. Also, Supervisor Scott Wiener argues that, as a result of city-imposed moratoriums, "the food scene in both neighborhoods suffered" for two decades afterwards. [Chron]