Fun: Nightlife and Cities

What You'll Learn

  • Identify nightlife challenges facing vibrant cities nationwide.
  • Understand how planning, policy, and design impact nightlife.
  • Discover emerging best practices in planning for nightlife.

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In cities across the country, new residential developments are rising up in vibrant neighborhoods historically defined by rich nightlife, including restaurants, bars, and music venues. But while nightlife attracts people to neighborhoods and contributes greatly to local economies, inadequate planning can create compatibility issues: conflicts over sound, trash, traffic, and other considerations.

In recent years, a growing international network of nightlife advocates, economic development professionals, and city administrators has begun developing innovative strategies for planning and policymaking to support the continued vitality of nightlife and culture in cities.

This course highlights examples of conflicts that can lead to reactive policymaking. Examine a range of innovative strategies in land use, zoning, design, and adaptation being applied or explored to improve nightlife districts in San Francisco; Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Seattle.

Showcased practices include "agent of change" legislation to ensure compatibility between entertainment venues and residential developments, creative approaches to zoning for live music, and the application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to promote safety in nightlife districts.