City council to consider Red Light District study proposal

(WMC-TV) - Should the city of Memphis create something called a Red Light District and put all the adult clubs and establishments in one area of the city?

It's fueling debate on the Memphis City Council.

We all know strip clubs and adult entertainment in Memphis evoke strong emotions among Memphians.

Next week, the Memphis City Council will vote on a proposal to study putting all adult clubs in one city location.

"I am trying to contain that it a containment strategy that I'm proposing I want the committee to look at it," said Shea Flinn.

Shea Flinn is pitching the idea to create of a committee to look at what is being called a Memphis Red Light District, adult entertainment that exist with future businesses in one designated area.

"It will create market incentives, it doesn't force them legally but it forces them from a business perspective," explained Flinn.

George Kuykendall is part of the Mid-South group "Citizens for Community Values." He says he is against the idea and hopes taxpayer dollars won't pay for anything that is likely to fail.

"Why are we wasting our time money and energy on something that is not going to work?" asked Kuykendall. "They'll never get the club owners out of the locations where they are around the city now."

Six years ago, a national study found Memphis had some of the wildest strip clubs in the country. But last year two of those were shut down: Showgirls and Babes of Babylon.

Shea Flinn hopes the city council comes to the resolution on Tuesday with an open mind.

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