Peaceful Co-existence between Residents and Nightlife Venues

Match the density of social activity with exemplary community standards and contemporary zoning to reduce impacts from noise, trash, crowds, and build an efficient nighttime transportation system.

Does Your City Need a Night Manager?

A Global Movement Brings Structure to the Nighttime

The concept of a Night Manager or Night Mayor is reaching a growing number of cities that are establishing positions to enhance sociability as an economic engine while minimizing impacts on public safety and quality of life from the intensity of nighttime activity. This webinar features a discussion among the pioneers from Europe and the United States on how they became a focal point for nightlife development. 

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Studentification of Downtown

Managing the Impact of Students  on Downtown

While student enrollment grows in many colleges and universities, student housing hasn’t kept pace, leading to more students who are forced to move into traditional residential neighborhoods. Development companies are also taking advantage of this opportunity, building student oriented “dormitory style apartments” or houses in traditional neighborhoods and converting to student apartments. This webinar features presentations on how two cities have approached the challenges of off-campus housing, house parties and maintaining order and good neighbor relations.

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What Women Want Downtown?

Design Downtown for Women, and Men Will Follow

Quality of LifeDowntowns and Main Streets have just begun to discover that women are their most important, yet often overlooked, demographic group. This webinar will explain why women's comfort and perception of safety are so important to the success of a commercial district, and how adjustments to infrastructure, lighting, retail mix and other factors can ensure their patronage downtown.

This program will feature three leading voices on this timely topic and will showcase examples of how cities have created campaigns to make women feel safe and comfortable in urban settings.

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Transportation For the Other 9 to 5

From Charleston to San Francisco - Innovation in Transport Management

At closing time, hundreds if not thousands of people leave bars and nightclubs. Teams of police officers nationwide mobilize to help clear the streets as quickly and efficiently as possible, to prevent victimization of lingering crowds and potential for crime and violence. Yet they need organized systems of transportation service providers to seamlessly direct patrons to their homes safely. This webinar will feature presentations and lively discussion on two cities’ approaches to closing time mobility management, as well as representatives of a transportation network company provider and a taxi authority on how they can be part of the solution.

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Zoning for the Nighttime Economy 

The Tipping Point Between Vibrancy and Chaos

HZDThis webinar explores how cities use zoning tools to maintain a balance of day, evening and late-night uses in social districts with mixed use development. A facilitated discussion with representatives from four cities explores what’s working, what’s not and what might be a positive future direction for planning and zoning to achieve an ideal balance of vibrancy, safety and quality of life.



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Pedicabs Solutions Showcase

A New Alternative Form of Nighttime Transportation

EntertainmentThe growth of pedicabs has drawn the attention of city planners, managers and police. As in all popular modes of transportation, pedicab accidents do occur and safety regulation has gained traction. Now is the time for cities to consider the role that pedicabs can assume in their hospitality zones, and how that goal can be achieved. 



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Eco-Friendly Approaches to Address Quality of Life Concerns in Nighttime Districts

Reduce Sound and Save Money through Green Upgrades to Hospitality Venues

Energy efficient appliances and infrastructure upgrades not only save money, but also reduce impacts on noise and trash management that affect residents’ quality of life. Learn how Washington, DC piloted a program for hospitality businesses to go "green" through shared trash compacting and more efficient refrigeration equipment, air conditioners, and ventilation systems. Better sound insulation has significantly reduced complaints from neighbors.  

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Controlling Cigarette Litter

Preventative Approach BEFORE Smoking Bans

Cigarette butts are an emerging national litter problem, particularly as smoking bans shift smokers, and impacts, from inside venues to outside on the street. Keep America Beautiful has developed a comprehensive approach to reduce cigarette litter in communities, with an average reduction of up to 48%. When it ends up on the ground and not in a receptacle, a cigarette butt is litter. Cigarette butts are an emerging national litter problem; although they are one of the smallest pieces of litter, they are consistently the top item collected during cleanups and account for one of every three pieces of litter.

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Effective Taxi Service for Night Demand

Insights from the U.S., Canada and Australia

Late-night transportation is the backbone of a vibrant nighttime economy, and taxi service is a valuable yet underestimated and underutilized pillar of late-night transpiration. To discuss new and innovative practices and policy regarding taxi service, RHI President Jim Peters moderated the latest Sociable City Live Webinar with several taxi industry experts, focusing the discussion on effective taxi service that reflects nighttime demand.

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Noise Reduction in Hospitality Zones

Strategies to Reduce Nightlife Noise

RHI's July 27, 2010 webinar featured an informative presentation by the acoustical consultant who helped refine the noise code in New York City. Learn how to identify, measure and reduce sound from various sources, including bars, clubs, crowds, and traffic. Find out the best soundproofing strategies for nightlife venues and residential housing to alleviate complaints and keep the nightlife scene flourishing. The most common pitfalls of measuring sound in mixed-use districts can be easily avoided if developers, residents and business owners are proactive and collaborate on sound reduction issues before they start.

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Late-night Transportation: Integrated, Comprehensive Plan to Meet Demand 

Creating an Integrated, Comprehensive Plan to Meet Demand

Find out how a comprehensive late-night transportation plan can reduce impacts from noise, closing time crowds, and DUIs by providing safe and efficient access to and safe rides home from hospitality zones. Hospitality zones are new territory and require a new approach to planning for late-night transportation services, pedestrian safety and impaired driving prevention measures. Late-night Integrated Transportation is an approach to a comprehensive plan that ensures safer and more efficient access and exiting of the hospitality zone for those who socialize and work there, and works towards reducing alcohol-related crashes

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Sound Management in Nightlife Districts

Urban Nightlife: Race & Public Space

Nighttime Mobility: Role of Ride-Sharing


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