Strip Clubs: Good or Bad?
Our Patch Question of the Week wants to know if you think adult-oriented establishments should be restricted or left alone.
Strip clubs throughout metro Atlanta have been in the news quite a bit lately.
Many metro Atlanta governments are struggling over whether these adult-only establishments attract crime and other "undesirable" elements.
The new city of Brookhaven faces a likely lawsuit from Buford Highway's Pink Pony. The city council recently adopted an ordinance similar to DeKalb County's, one that prohibits such nude dancing establishments from selling alcohol.
The Lindbergh-Lavista Corridor Coalition hosted a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss a proposed law that seeks to limit “non-conforming” businesses, such as strip clubs and adult video stores, along Cheshire Bridge Road from Piedmont to Lavista roads.
But are strip clubs good for the economy, as well as the people who work in them? Some high-profile strip clubs in metro Atlanta attract high-profile celebrities who are willing to spend thousands of dollars. Grammy award-winning rapper Ludacris likes to frequent Diamonds of Atlanta. During one visit he “dropped in excess of $10,000” on dancers, according to reports.
Another rapper named rapper Fabolous and comedian-actor Kevin Hart rained $37,000 on dancers at the club during a March 2012 party.
But in May 2012, five people, including four female employees, were robbed after leaving the strip club. Neighbors and businesses have become increasingly frustrated with the activity surrounding the club and outside behavior of its patrons.
The owner of Pin Up's strip club on East Ponce de Leon Avenue was shot to death in 2010. Two men indicted in that incident had already been charged in the killing of an armored car guard in Toco Hills Shopping Center. The club's manager was also charged in the killing.
Should metro Atlanta cities and counties strip clubs be more restrictive when it comes to letting adult oriented businesses operate within their communities? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.