Proactive Approaches to Planning and Developing Nightlife

The terms “mixed-use district” or “multi-use district” traditionally describe the blend of residential, commercial and retail development within a particular location. A hospitality zone or social district, meanwhile, is an area of mixed or multiple uses that is distinguished by a cluster of dining and entertainment businesses, such as restaurants, pubs, taverns, cafes and nightclubs.

A hospitality zone often has an active street life and may serve as a center for community fairs, festivals and events.

50 Shades of Purple

How the "Purple Flag" Approach is Making Nightlife Safer and More Vibrant

The Purple Flag process provides a comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples designed to help transform town and city centers at night. A research, training and development program designed to assist towns and cities improve their evening and night-time economy, the Purple Flag is a positive initiative that evaluates whether a town centre offers an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out. Town and city centers that have adopted Purple Flag have seen major reductions in violent crime, increases in pedestrian traffic and property values, and decreases in vacancies. Three cities, one of which was voted Best UK destination for Nightlife by Trip Advisor in 2011, will share their experiences and lessons learned.

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City Alliances Reform Nightlife Policies

The Rise of Public-Private Partnerships to Help Manage Nightlife

As more city leaders recognize the complexity of facilitating a safe, sustainable, and vibrant nighttime economy, many have formed advisory councils, government task forces, and formal public-private partnerships to help guide them. Comprised of regulatory, enforcement, economic development, business community, and residential representatives, these stakeholders have been tasked with updating policies, reforming legislation, reallocating resources, and determining strategies to support their nighttime economies.

This webinar will showcase two examples - the Montgomery County Nighttime Economy Task Force and the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan. Does your city need a similar alliance to guide nightlife development? Attend this webinar to learn how to recruit members, set priorities, dedicate staff, and define specific objectives.

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Entertainment Districts with Open Containers

When Drinking Enters Public Space

Anyone who has been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans can appreciate the term, "to-go cup," when alcoholic beverages are removed from a bar or restaurant to the public space. While this practices is largely prohibited, some states are passing legislation to provide cities with the flexibility of allowing patrons to take drinks into the public space within designated "entertainment districts".
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This webinar will feature a discussion of how this policy is being implemented, considerations for reducing risk, and resources required to facilitate compliance. Representatives from Mobile, Alabama, Lincoln, Nebraska and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association will review lessons learned and future issues.

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Night and Day in Downtown Delray

Innovative Ways to Make Nightlife Safer and More Vibrant

HZDDelray Beach, Florida achieved a vision of revitalization with fine dining and nighttime entertainment with a theme of "Night & Day Downtown Delray." Once called a ghost town, the city has since transformed into an award-winning All American City. East Atlantic Avenue is alive 24/7 with social activity, bustling street life, and patronage by locals and visitors.

Learn how the city utilized special events, culinary tourism, residential housing and retail to reinvigorate downtown. This presentation provides an overview of best practices and tactics used to plan nightlife development, how challenges were addressed, and strategic plans for the future.

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Milwaukee Showcase: Partnerships and Licensing

Enhanced Nighttime Economy through Partnerships and Licensing

HZDThe city of Milwaukee launched a series of initiatives in response to the rapid growth of downtown’s nighttime economy. Recognizing nightlife as an economic driver, strategies provide a balance of support and proactive public safety. A foundation of trust takes work, time and ongoing effort. Hear how police, food truck vendors, policy makers and residents opened dialogue and established partnerships to build a better downtown. You’ll learn how Milwaukee virtually eliminated the presence of aggressive transients, public drinking, and significantly reduced aggravated assaults and thefts of vehicles.

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San Francisco Showcase

Model Policy that Balances Safety with Fun

HZDSan Francisco is a world-class destination to live, work and play. Learn about the role of a government commission in reviewing entertainment permit applications and mediating disputes. The annual Nightlife Summit and CA Music and Culture Association keep nightlife venues informed about trends and foster peer collaboration.



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Calgary City Showcase

Innovative Ways to make Nighlife Safer and More Vibrant

HZDCalgary has instituted innovative nightlife programs through coordination with a diversity of stakeholders. Representatives from the City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Downtown Association talk about how they collaborate on policy development and enforcement operations for the nighttime economy. 



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Wellington City Showcase

Prevent Alcohol-related Harm through Licensing and Community-driven Campaigns

Learn how the city has taken a comprehensive approach to reduce alcohol-related harm in a city accredited by the World Health Organization as a “Safer Community.”

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Edmonton, Alberta City Showcase

"Most Sociable City of the Year (in 2009)" Shares Nightlife Tools and Tips

In RHI’s April 24th, 2012 webinar showcasing Edmonton, Alberta, four representatives from the city provided a comprehensive overview of how Edmonton has systematically addressed challenges by improving public safety and cleanliness, supporting best practices, and passing policy changes that have increased vibrancy. The culmination of these efforts has transformed the perception of nightlife into a positive asset.  


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Building Sustainable Alliances

Five Cities Share Their Stories of Success!

In RHI’s March 8th, 2011 webinar titled, “Building Alliances that Work,” community leaders from five North American cities shared insights on how to support a safe and vibrant nighttime economy through broad-based coalitions. The common thread that weaved together these diverse models was the value of collaboration and partnership inclusive to all perspectives, including nightlife venues, residents, policymakers, enforcement, university officials and downtown district managers. Significant reductions in crime, underage drinking and greater investment in the viability of nighttime social amenities are among the many achievements that have resulted from open communication and group problem-solving. The coalitions featured in this webinar bear many names, but have in common an institutionalized approach based on an RHI-developed model for sustainable alliances that support nightlife and address challenges impacting public safety and quality of life. 

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2009's Most Sociable Cities

Award Winners Showcase Nightlife Strategies

Find out why Edmonton, Alberta was named “Most Sociable City of the Year” by RHI in 2009 for its exemplary approach to nightlife safety and vibrancy. Gainesville and West Palm Beach, Florida both received RHI awards for outstanding safety models because of their crime prevention partnerships and innovative policing models. Long Beach, CA’s downtown music series won this city an outstanding achievement award in vibrancy. Learn how these model cities achieved success in hospitality zone development by creating an ideal mix of social experiences and public services to keep nightlife safe and fun. 

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