It all started with a simple phrase. At an October brown-bag meeting of the Jefferson City Council, while discussing the hours during which tattoo studios can be open, Mayor John Landwehr made a passing mention about looking into possible zoning procedures that could prevent any more studios from setting up in the downtown district.
"There are other places in the city that these businesses can go," Landwehr said during the Oct. 15 meeting. "The downtown area is what we call fragile."
"I don't think people want to live next to tattoo parlors," Landwehr said.