But the city's new ordinance could have wider implications, determining winners and losers among local music venues or small businesses by virtue of their locations. And some residents say that creating a defined music district so close to neighborhoods could force residents out of the growing urban core even as the city tries to get more people to move downtown.
"I feel like the city is setting up a situation where businesses can succeed and residents will fail," said
The current proposed boundary runs from
Council members say the city has to weigh the interests of a growing number of residents living downtown with a booming music and entertainment nightlife to arrive at a balanced law.
Officials also have to examine whether talk of creating an entertainment district would mirror the same space downtown and whether that fits into what downtown
"Right now we're talking about music, we're looking at a defined area, but also what that could become in the future," he said.
Advocates for the new ordinance argue that the city's current sound restrictions of 50 decibels after
But some business owners disagree with the proposed sound ordinance boundaries, which would exclude businesses like Rhythm and Brews, one of the oldest downtown music venues, Flying Squirrel, a popular bar off
"What is the goal here?" Lewis asked. "If we're trying to build
But after he spent the weekend measuring that distance from the boundaries, he said he determined that the reach was much too wide, extending into the city's neighborhoods.
He said he's conflicted about protecting the interests of neighbors and businesses off
"I'm talking to everybody about what's a fair compromise that both sides can accept," Anderson said. "If anybody thinks they are getting everything they want, they will be disappointed."
Co-owner of Church on Main,
"On one side I compliment the city for seeing the need to make a change," she said, "but I'm a little perplexed at why we would make a piecemeal change."
This ordinance should create an entertainment zone that keeps small businesses competitive, she said.
No one who lives downtown wants to see businesses fail, said
"I'm all about the growing direction of this city and the prosperity of the city," he said. "But I hate to see the certain prosperity of one organization, if it's taking away from a person that lives downtown."
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