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Atlanta: Nightlife Division

We tried to avoid the double entendre when Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced plans for a “Nightlife Division.”

Last fall, the Atlanta City Council approved a resolution to study the creation of an “Office of Nighttime Economy and Safety.

During his State of the City address in April 2022, Mayor Dickens indicated that the division (that word again) would be housed in the mayor’s office at Atlanta City Hall.

Sounds like a “night mayor” is in the works for Atlanta.

A night mayor serves as an after-hours liaison, advocate, policy advisor and overnight problem solver. The appointed position works with hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

The department will assist with overnight issues arising from sound complaints, public safety problems and businesses violating city ordinances. It will also advocate for regular public transportation for night-shift workers.

Some night mayors even host listening sessions to engage with local businesses and citizens regarding a city’s nightlife culture.

In creating a nightlife department and installing a night mayor, Atlanta will join other global cities with vibrant nightlife economies. These include New York, Detroit, Washington D.C., Seattle, Orlando, London, and Amsterdam.

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