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File #: 2011-1782    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Died due to expiration of legislative council session
File created: 6/7/2011 In control: Committee on Public Safety Services
On agenda: Final action:
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Title: Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code, Title SEVEN, Business Licensing, Article IX, Amusement Businesses, by adding Chapter 781 titled Sexually Oriented Businesses
Sponsors: Theresa Kail-Smith
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 07 - BUSINESS LICENSING
Attachments: 1. 2011-1782.doc
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Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code, Title SEVEN, Business Licensing, Article IX, Amusement Businesses, by adding Chapter 781 titled Sexually Oriented Businesses

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WHEREAS, Adult Businesses are guaranteed important rights to Free Speech by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as other rights such as Due Process and Equal Protection under that same charter; and

WHEREAS, the City of Pittsburgh through its Zoning Code must make reasonable and real accommodations to permit the practice of various kinds of Adult Business within its boundaries in order to act in compliance with these constitutional guarantees; and has in fact introduced such amendments to its Zoning Use Regulations in Title NINE, Article V, Section 911.02 in order to allow Adult Entertainment as a use Permitted by Right in certain and sufficient districts; and

WHEREAS, it has been demonstrated empirically time and again that Sexually Oriented Businesses which provide Adult Entertainment tend in the aggregate to contribute toward serious deleterious Secondary Effects which can be visited upon its own Patrons and Employees, on the surrounding Neighborhood, and on the Region as a whole; and

WHEREAS, these predictable and deleterious Secondary Effects include increases in certain kinds of Crime, and decreases in Property Values through the effects of this Crime and the resulting Blight and Disinvestment; and

WHEREAS, entrepreneurial interest in launching new Sexually Oriented Businesses within the City of Pittsburgh has recently increased significantly ever since economic development has increased generally, especially on or near the North Shore, and particularly in connection with the opening of a state-licensed Gaming Casino on the western edge of the City; and

WHEREAS, this government has a substantial interest in and responsibility toward protecting its citizens from the deleterious Secondary Effects of Adult Entertainment, even while it must hono...

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