Ed DiFiglia

Are There Virtues in Vices?

L to R: Anthony Pizzutillo, Donald Sammet, Ed DeVeaux and Courtenay Mercer discuss the virtuous side of allowing “vices” as part of downtown redevelopment.

Vices. New Jersey cities and towns have long tried to regulate vices and the businesses that supply them: bars, tattoo parlors, smoke shops, and various forms of adult entertainment. Yet, as more towns look to reinvigorate their Main Street storefronts and downtown areas, are there ways that some of these vices could actually be beneficial to a municipality?