The Politics of Clubbing
Steve Blisar of NITE (Nightlife Industry Task Force Committee) opined that the city has "made this industry into a whipping boy." Legislation almost always restricts instead of promotes business, he said. (Commissioners have recently pooh-poohed passing out fliers and rooftop DJs.)
To solve the problem, Diaz suggested a new idea: More rules up-front. (Not exactly a crowd-pleaser.) Incoming operators would to have pass what amounts to a check-off list, he said. Then the city wouldn't need to legislate so much.
"I know I have a reputation for being a hard-ass," Diaz said. "You want to party? Great. Party behind closed doors, not in the open air, and clean up after yourself. The more you start impeding surrounding neighborhoods, the more it gets political. And the more you're going to see a backlash against nightlife."