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Federal Hill bars increasingly under fire from neighbors
Federal Hill bars increasingly under fire from neighbors

In Federal Hill, the bars are growing — expanding into adjacent buildings and drawing more rowdy crowds than ever — but so are the complaints from the neighborhood. A group of Federal Hill residents say the bars have gone too far, and they have sought to shut four of them down this month alone. "It's mayhem down here," said Beth Hawks, who has run the Federal Hill boutique Zelda Zen for the past nine years. "The bars have become mega bars. … It was never like this." Both camps say they have the upscale neighborhood's best interests at heart. The neighbors long for more family-friendly businesses and upscale restaurants, while the tavern...

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