Court pours cold dose of reality on Seattle's hot homelessness debate Danny Westneat But this is Oregon, where a liberal free-speech clause in the state constitution and several rulings by the state Supreme Court have rendered strip clubs and other sexually oriented businesses nearly untouchable. Portland boasts more than 50 strip clubs — believed to be the most per capita of any U. Seattle has its knickers in a twist about just four. Seattle Referendum 1 Seattle voters will decide Tuesday whether to throw out an ordinance imposing strict new rules on strip clubs. The rules require dancers to stay at least 4 feet from customers, essentially banning lap dances.
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Debates over nudity have a familiar history in Oregon, where the City of Ashland last year banned public nudity after two men walked naked near public schools. The measure at the heart of Monday's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee would allow cities to use zoning laws to regulate "the location at which a business or organization may offer live entertainment or other services performed by a person in a state of nudity. Nude karaoke might be considered live entertainment. Mowing the lawn in the buff might be considered a service. Oregon's free speech clause is different from the one in the U. Constitution's First Amendment. It says "no law shall be passed
In Portland, club patrons "make it rain" with veggies; Via Alicia J. It is a place where a human can, in the course of 24 hours, visit a museum of velvet paintings, join in on a World Naked Bike Ride, be serenaded by a unicycling bagpipe player, and get legally married at a doughnut shop. Neither side, as far as we can tell, has presented any quantifiable measurement to defend its stance. While club-counting sources exist online, most are deflatingly inaccurate, incomplete, and serve no other purpose than to advertise a handful of sad establishments. To cultivate a more accurate understanding of how much these cities value strip clubs, we narrowed our list to cities with more than , inhabitants, then calculated the number of clubs for every , residents.