The City Folk festival, the Fourth of July fireworks- both bring a lot of people downtown, but they don’t make international news or bring people from outside the area into town.
Urban nights is happy when they get 10,000 people to show up.
Maybe we should take a lesson from Auckland New Zealand:
WELLINGTON Reuters – A New Zealand court has allowed a parade of topless porn stars on motor bikes to proceed on the main street of the country’s biggest city, local media said Tuesday.
Auckland City Council had sought a court injunction to stop the “Boobs on Bikes” parade, scheduled for Wednesday, saying it breached a bylaw banning offensive public events.
But Judge Nicola Mathers said while opponents may find the parade offensive or tasteless, the fact that 80,000 people had gathered for a similar event last year meant a significant number of people did not agree with the critics, New Zealand Press Association said.
The parade on Queens St., featuring leather-clad local and international porn stars, is part of an “Erotica Expo” organized by self-styled “porn king” Steve Crow.
At one point, the idea of welcoming sex shops and strip clubs (a “combat zone”) was an idea to help rejuvinate areas that seemed past redemption.
There was also talk of a strip club near the convention center helping business.
Vegas has its brothels and its gambling- Cincinnati is straight laced, Columbus is a “college town”- maybe, Dayton should consider building the devil’s den and let it all hang out- in a designated area. Amsterdam has its red-light district and it hasn’t been wiped out by bolts of lightning from above.
The question is in whose backyard would this be? Could this be the real solution to BallPark Village- something totally unlike the Greene- the sex shopping district- just North of the ballpark and South of the River? Strip clubs, by the hour hotels, peep shows and sex shops.
Think of the tax revenue.