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Strip Clubs: Good or Bad?

Our Patch Question of the Week wants to know if you think adult-oriented establishments should be restricted or left alone.


Strip clubs throughout metro Atlanta have been in the news quite a bit lately.

Many metro Atlanta governments are struggling over whether these adult-only establishments attract crime and other "undesirable" elements.

The new city of Brookhaven faces a likely lawsuit from Buford Highway's Pink Pony. The city council recently adopted an ordinance similar to DeKalb County's, one that prohibits such nude dancing establishments from selling alcohol.

The Lindbergh-Lavista Corridor Coalition hosted a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss a proposed law that seeks to limit “non-conforming” businesses, such as strip clubs and adult video stores, along Cheshire Bridge Road from Piedmont to Lavista roads.

The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District wants to keep adult entertainment businesses, which have been inquiring about setting up in the area, out of its boundaries.

But are strip clubs good for the economy, as well as the people who work in them? Some high-profile strip clubs in metro Atlanta attract high-profile celebrities who are willing to spend thousands of dollars. Grammy award-winning rapper Ludacris likes to frequent Diamonds of Atlanta. During one visit , according to reports.

Another rapper named rapper Fabolous and comedian-actor Kevin Hart rained $37,000 on dancers at the club during a March 2012 party.

But in May 2012, five people, including four female employees, were robbed after leaving the strip club. Neighbors and businesses have become increasingly frustrated with the activity surrounding the club and outside behavior of its patrons.

The owner of Pin Up's strip club on East Ponce de Leon Avenue was shot to death in 2010. Two men indicted in that incident had already been charged in the killing of an armored car guard in Toco Hills Shopping Center. The club's manager was also charged in the killing.

Should metro Atlanta cities and counties strip clubs be more restrictive when it comes to letting adult oriented businesses operate within their communities? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Brookhaven4u February 06, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Jimmie, I have done some research. The Pony has less crime than other Brookhaven Restraunts that serve Alcohol? Should we shut down all Brookhaven Restaurants? MARTA has more crime than the Pony, should Brookhaven shut Marta Down?
jimmie February 06, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Hmm...can't remember last time there was a rape, or a public urination or a drug trafficing ring busted at a Hardess or a Taco Mac or any other restaurant in Brookhaven . Perhaps B4U, your drug induced coma is causing hallucinations. Zealots are necessary to keep the weak safe from the wolves who seek to destroy others ways of life so their pathetic existence can have company. What you clean up from your pet is what you guys are trying to peddle. Drop your ----s and get a job for once...or take your 10 year old daughter to the Pony and see the effect it has....
don Gabacho February 06, 2013 at 09:54 PM
"...further perpetuates the divide in our community?..."---Doyle A "divide" that didn't exist until the fabrication and perping of this city. A "divide" forced by the perping of everyone having to conform and suborne themselves to the fabrication.
don Gabacho February 06, 2013 at 10:09 PM
"If I were to follow the thinking of the 'moral majority,' I would not want my children (or yours) to be able to read the cover of Cosmopolitan in the checkout lines at the supermarkets."---Equal rights "Moral majority"? How about the true majority which makes distinction between sex and sleaze? Sleaze that has even crept into the Super Bowl? Its pole-dancing-like half-time show? Its commercials dipicting a close-up make-out session for no other reason than to "create a buzz"? Supposedly, and hopefully, to associate mere buzz with the---what was it?---i-net business it was suppose to be advertising? The men's underpants commercial featuring, for all intent and purposes, a male stripper? Sex and sleaze are hardly "equal"? At the rate the NFL is pimping even football, it won't be long when televised football will have to pre-warn parents on the programming's viewabilty for even children. Because, that's "football"? Or because that's "sleaze"?
don Gabacho February 06, 2013 at 10:18 PM
"Drug abuse, prostitution, DUI, breakdown of family, stds galore, tax evasion and a multitude of other ilk that goes on inside the bowels of these establishments."---jimmie I agree. I've always been an ardent advocate of sufficient windows and sunshine rather than no windows and sunshine laws.

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