Entertainment district

An entertainment district is a type of arts district with a high concentration of movie theaters, theatres or other entertainment venues.[1] Such areas may be officially designated by local governments with functional zoning regulations, as well as public and private investment in distinctive urban design.

The entertainment district in Toronto

Partial list of entertainment districtsEdit

Cause and effects of entertainment districtsEdit

Entertainment districts have economically helped downtowns and cities thrive through development of various businesses that attract tourism and commerce. As entertainment districts tend to create crowds, facilitation and management by police is required to promote safety and regulation. The main source that requires police interaction in the entertainment districts are the nightclubs and bars that may promote intoxication and lead to miscreant behavior.[2] Police and security deal with behavior consisting of bar fights, overcrowding, and public urination. The requirement of regulation and maintenance of these areas are important for the safety of the individuals utilizing and benefiting from the entertainment districts.

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  1. ^ Forsher, James (30 April 2003). "Movie Theaters as Indicators of Urban Vitality". The Community of Cinema: How Cinema and Spectacle Transformed the American Downtown. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 5–6. ISBN 978-0275973551.
  2. ^ Berkley, Blair J.; Thayer, John R. (2000). "Policing Entertainment Districts". Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management. 23 (4): 466-91. doi:10.1108/13639510010355468.