Hospitality zones (a.k.a. dining and entertainment districts, nightlife districts) are mixed-use areas that host bars, restaurants, cafes, music venues and night clubs. When well-planned and managed, they offer many benefits to a community. Yet without strategic planning and management, they can increase crime and disorder. Learn more about the benefits and challenges of hospitality zones.

Hospitality zones require different approaches to planning, management and resource allocation when they are at different life cycles.

Patrons of different generations and life stages have different preferences for socializing.

Check out the links to the right to learn more about each foundational concept about the nighttime economy.


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 brings extraordinary expertise in managing the full range of issues associated with management of a nighttime economy."
Michael P. Smith, Director, Clinical Research Network, Florida State University, Tallahasseee, FL


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RHI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to assist businesses and communities to plan safe and vibrant places to socialize. RHI's Sociable City events create an organized opportunity to connect and share information with peers and access resources from RHI.  © 2017 Responsible Hospitality Institute