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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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Brian Oravetz February 01, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Jessica, look, some of that may be true; but like it or not, it is a profitable business for the club owners and the dancers. How they choose to spend their money, and how the customers choose to spend their money, is no business of yours, or your church. You're trying to advocate for legislating morality, that has never in the history of the world ended well. I get it, that you're well meaning, and I do not disagree with you on your opinion about strip clubs; but you can't legislate it away. And by advocating the city of Brookhaven to attack a club like the Pink Pony, you get the devil that you didn't know. All that will happen is the business will become more seedy, and more dangerous.
Brian Oravetz February 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Doyle, kinda like the strip club issue... If you don't like it, don't spend your time there; or here as the case is. Lacking in prowess is coming into a "blog" only to tell others to stop spending time in it. Heck, that's an insult to those lacking prowess; your remark was just downright childish. Damn... that's an insult to children lacking prowess... Oh well, you get the point. Go away if you don't like it. Trolling is weak sauce.
Brian Oravetz February 01, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I'm not a fan of strip clubs, because it's a fools game. It's just handing over money because you've given into primal programming. Calling men pigs because they go to a place where they can see naked women is not quite the right term. You can't fight DNA, and like it or not, men are going to automatically want to look if they see a naked women. Not a thing anyone can do about it. Is it distasteful? Thats a matter of opinion. It's certainly a waste of money. People who frequent strip clubs, like it or not, are often times, very wealthy, very successful individuals. I get your angst against strip clubs, but if you want to make valid points on them, name calling isn't going to further your opinion. It's just going to get you mocked in return and shouted down.
Brian Oravetz February 01, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Well played...
Bobby Hill February 03, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I've heard about gangs and crime in the schools... a lot of the time the news doesn't report that. I wonder why? The number of illegal aliens and shady businesses in Brookhaven is astounding! I wonder why they are going after a legal establishment of 20 plus years? Obviously an agenda exists where some people will see large money kickbacks from attorneys that go around the country inciting a non-existent fear at the expense of us taxpayers, meanwhile turning their nose at the real violent crime-ridden areas. If you can't see this charade you don't deserve to know the truth.
Chris February 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM
You really seem to have a issue with men. So let me clear something up for you. There are about 10 of us who go fairly regularly please read that as Couples (males and females). We enjoy it cause its a fun night club to party at. You are stereo typing those who go to strip clubs. We all are in our late 20s to early 30s. Most of us work in professional jobs 9 to 5 and make 60k+ (including my girlfriend who is a banker). If you walked into the Pink Pony on the weekends it looks like date night with better than half the crowd being females with guys and before you start making judgements they are not lesbians. Just this past week my girl friend told her friend who was having her Bachelorette party to go to the Pony cause it was so much fun. The club scene sucks in Atlanta now days its gone totally thug something we don't have to deal with at the Pink Pony and that is one of the biggest reasons we like the Pony. So before you go slinging PIGs and stupid around you need to become educated on the subject you are speaking about. Its sad you see this all the time with people who know nothing about a subject.
jimmie February 04, 2013 at 02:02 PM
The only good strip joint is NO strip joint...they are only visited by men who have sever issues and are a blight on society.
Bobby Hill February 04, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Sounds like Jimmie has some severe (not sever) issues.
Jena Anton February 04, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Sorry Meinert - my ad hominen comment was directed at ten, not you. Not all women are limited to name-calling and excessive punctuation in the place of rational and meaningful debate.
don Gabacho February 04, 2013 at 04:22 PM
"I've heard about gangs and crime in the schools... a lot of the time the news doesn't report that. I wonder why? The number of illegal aliens and shady businesses in Brookhaven is astounding!"----Bobby Hill It's not the fault of "illegal aliens." They no more make the rules than they wanted to be here in the first place. Try their home-governments and their depraved stooges in U.S., state and local public office.
don Gabacho February 04, 2013 at 04:28 PM
"Have you ever seen the seedy crowd tailgating in the parking lot..."---SuperDave Did you see the Super Bowl's half-time show yesterday? How "seedy" can you get? All Beyonce and her dancing girls lacked were poles.
don Gabacho February 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
"...we should levy a church tax of $240million per year to make up the difference..."---Jason At least those that have 'incorporated' to market religion and avoid (despite their relentless sermonizing on) taking "personal responisibility." Such as in Cobb County.
jimmie February 04, 2013 at 07:41 PM
You're half right Bobby..I'd like to sever all ties with those who have severe issues..and men who derive pleasure at women selling peeks at most ugly bodies have severe issues...
jimmie February 04, 2013 at 07:42 PM
You're half right Bobby..I'd like to sever all ties with those who have severe issues..and men who derive pleasure at women selling peeks at most ugly bodies have severe issues...
Meinert February 04, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Jimmie, Why do you say that those that visit such establishments are a 'blight on society'? Support your position - or don't give it voice. I guess all those football players, basketball players, businessmen, and yes, regular folks are blights?
jimmie February 05, 2013 at 12:54 AM
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.
JM Hurricane February 05, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Dayum, sounds like a good Saturday night to me!
Brookhaven4u February 05, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Jimmie, do you have anything to support these unfounded accusations against the PP? If you don’t like the place you don’t have to go.
Meinert February 05, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Which one of the reasons you've stated above is exclusively the purview of adult entertainment establishments? I can't find one that is exclusive to strip clubs. Then there's the 'multitude of other ilk that goes on inside these establishments' catch-all but mean-nothing phrase in which you elude to knowing about a plethora of problems-too many to enumerate-when in fact you can't name any. I'm not convinced that you've done your research.
jimmie February 05, 2013 at 09:33 PM
If you want specifics from fulton county and dekalb county, the charges eminating from what appears to be you guys (if you are guys) favorite hangouts are listed as follows: Public intoxication, masturbation for hire, theft by taking, theft by conversion, underage drinking, prostitution, theft of services, assault, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substances, narcotics trafficing, human trafficing and kidnapping. And thats just in Clayton County and on establishments in Sandy Springs and Atlanta (pays to pay attention to what law enforcement is doing!). The only thing that succeeds by having places like this open is the degradation of the human race...apparently you guys are well down that path. Feel sorry for ya. Cheers!
Bobby Hill February 06, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. - Thomas Jefferson
Clean Up After Your Pet February 06, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Wonderful quote, Bobby Hill: http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/i-prefer-dangerous-freedom-over-peaceful-slavery-quotation
Clean Up After Your Pet February 06, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Beware the Zealot, Jimmie. Live and let live.
jMichael February 06, 2013 at 12:42 PM
...but sadly, as Rousseau notes, man is everywhere in chains. Oh well... Righteous indignation, and the well-financed fakes, papists, and preachermen who pimp the Risen Son while hustling sin for coin are surely not going away anytime soon. The best that can be hoped is that the chains not too often be joined by the lash
Dave February 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I, thankfully, live just outside the new city of Brookhaven. I'm fascinated by the city's attack on the Pink Pony given that its founders chose to include the strip on the east side of Buford Highway running north to Clairmont specifically for the taxes the businesses in it will generate. I like the concept of including the location of the business in your shiny new city and then telling the business that it isn't shiny enough for your tastes.
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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