RHI's resources, events and consultation services are organized by the conceptual framework shown below. Gathering information in the following areas helps us evaluate and analyze your city's nighttime economy to create a plan for improvement.


Collaborative partnerships between diverse stakeholders form the foundation of a well-planned and managed hospitality zone. An alliance may be responsible for allocating resources and crafting policies and procedures. Alliances may be divided up into several action teams to oversee implementation in specific areas. RHI evaluates a city's current working partnerships and guides the right partners to connect to make nightlife safer and more vibrant.

Learn more about what it takes for a community to form an alliance.

Planning for how people will use a mixed-use hospitality zone at different times of day and for different purposes requires foresight and infrastructure. Residents expect a high quality of life, even in active hospitality zones. This requires clear community standards and management of sound, litter and waste. Nightlife patrons need safe rides home to prevent impaired driving. Coordination of transportation options requires a robust mobility management plan.

Learn more about what's needed to plan for people's needs in hospitality zones.

Assuring nighttime safety requires systems to prevent crime and address disorder in public space and in private venues. Overall public safety requires a continuum of partnerships; police, fire marshals, private security and district ambassadors all have a role to play. Organizing nightlife businesses into trade associations can formalize best practices and lead to better communication with regulatory and enforcement agencies.

Learn more about what's needed to assure safety in hospitality zones.

Vibrancy in hospitality zones can be enhanced by creating a seamless flow of social experiences in public and private spaces—from sidewalk cafes and buskers to live entertainment in restaurants, bars and clubs. Truly vibrant cities maintain social activity at all times of day, evening and late at night. But vibrancy requires work. It takes systems to support venues, nurture performers and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to showcase their talent.

Learn more about what it takes to enhance vibrancy in hospitality zones.



Introduction to RHI's Conceptual Framework

Form an Alliance

Plan for People

Assure Safety

Enhance Vibrancy  


Introduction to Core Concepts

Hospitality Zones: Benefits and Challenges

Life Cycles of Nightlife Districts

Sociability Preferences by Generation



"RHI plays a leading role in countering that negative image of nightlife establishments.
With keen insight, considerable experience and academic approach, RHI has single handedly changed the
tone of the debate and created a positive dialogue in city after city."
Rob Bookman, Counsel to New York City Hospitality Alliance


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