If tattoo parlors are allowed on Webster Street, then they should be allowed in other parts of town as well.
People are free to do with their skin as they wish, but skin on the west end is no different than on the east.
If tattoo parlors are to be allowed in Alameda, then they should be allowed in any location zoned for nail and hair salons — and that includes Park Street as well as neighborhood commercial districts.
Don't single out Webster Street as an acceptable location. That stigmatizes both tattoo businesses and Webster Street.
Editor's Note: City of Alameda zoning law prohibits tattoo studios on the ground floor on Park Street — though they are allowed on the second floor. On Webster Street, tattoo studios are permitted on the second floor, but require a conditional use permit on the ground floor.
to operate a studio at 1537 Webster St. Alameda's Planning Board will hear the application on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at Alameda City Hall.