Nightlife ALL-AGES VENUE SHUT DOWN OVER NOISE COMPLAINTS
posted by June 8 at 8:37 AMon
…In Reno. But this could be what the future holds for Seattle if our council can’t come together to show some leadership on music and nightlife issues. This story from Reno involves Seattle band the Degenerate Art Ensemble, former Seattle resident Britt Curtis, and a pastor named John Auer (I think not OUR Jon Auer, but things change).
Britt is leading an all-ages music and art space called The Holland Project, which was sited for “disturbing the peace” and shut down just before the Degenerate Art Ensemble could perform. The Vietnam vet with a crocheted American-flag wreath hanging on his door who made the complaints that resulted in The Holland Project being shut down says, “I shouldn’t have to put up with all the teenagers.”
Our council needs to keep this in mind when crafting new noise rules or strengthening current nuisance laws to deal with nightlife issues. One pissed off old dude who doesn’t like teenagers can stir up a lot of shit. With new condos moving in across from the new Vera Project I wonder how long it will be until a similar thing happens there. However we solve the current nightlife issues, we need to create rules that won’t allow one neighbor to ruin a venue that serves thousands of people.