Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Sexying up Seattle

Seattle is getting sexy. Or, at least, naked. (which if you ask any of a number of people, is as good as sexy any given day)

Here're the gory details:

Seattle's 17-year long moratorium on new strip clubs ended this Monday under a federal court ruling. Now before all you strip club enthusiasts start shuddering in shock and dismay let me assure you that we have strip clubs. We just haven't had any new clubs open in the last 17 years. Part of the city's reluctance to grant new licenses was motivated by a desire to protect its lands from the further spread of this form of unholy hedonism. Unfortunately, since they failed to specify which pieces of land were more worthy of such protection than others (also known as zoning laws) the federal judge ruled against this violation of everyone's right to free speech aka the right to get naked for money.

The suit was bought against the city of Seattle by one enterprising Mr Robert Davis whose application to open a new strip club downtown (right in my neck of woods) was rejected March of 2004 upon which he promptly turned around and in the true spirit of American litigiousness, sued the city. He is seeking $5 million in lost-income damages + another $50,000 in attorney's fees.

Nickels' (that's our mayor for non-Seattlites) office denies financial liability but has no plans to appeal the court's decision at this time. Instead, they are seeking to enforce a 4-foot rule whereby lap dancers will be forced to stay at least 4 feet away from the customers at all times. Seattle officials are rightfully concerned about what a lack of moratorium or the 4-foot rule might do to the city which is the only place in the municipality that still allows lap dances. Club patrons and performers on the other hand are rightfully concerned about what this will do to their pleasure and income-potentials respectively.

Seattle is a pretty laid-back, liberal city. In fact, even people who support the 4-foot rule confess to being uncomfortable being "the moral police." They feel the decision is necessary, however, to preserve harmony and the comfort of the city residents.

But enough on that. What I really wanted to point out was the damages that guy is seeking. $5-million for 1 year's worth of lost income! Wow! I also heard somewhere that some of the strippers are concerned that the 4-foot rule will make their tip income go down by $20,000 - $30,000 per year if not more.

Clearly, I am in the wrong profession (although I may be able to rectify that given that they are planning to open the club not too far from where I am)

I wonder what this would do to property prices though? Won't people from nearby locations flock to the city to partake of the new delights? On the other hand, since they will mostly confine their activities, I think it's safe to reason, within the bounds of the strip clubs, maybe I should be looking not at condos but possible club sites... Something to think about.


At 9/25/2005 10:12 AM, Blogger Caitlin said...


Ah yes...the sex industry does seem to pay quite well.

glad I found your site today (off networthIQ blog)


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