The pancake of festive layers that is our dance floor runs wall to wall and from the stage to the bar. But sadly, some parts of the edge where the floor and main bar meet had become soft and squishy after ten years of spilled drinks. We'd had enough with the spot-patching of it, and today we cut out the whole strip of wooden floor in front of the bar, out to a distance of about four feet, and poured new concrete there. The edge where the floor and concrete meet may become problematic someday, but I'm guessing that it won't get nearly as wet as it does right in front of the bar.
Here are some photos, because you know how I love the construction photos.
Also, this is good news:
Wiener proposes economic study on nightlife
His office has announced that at today's board meeting, Wiener will call for a study of the economic impacts of entertainment and nightlife in the city. "It's important that we understand the size and reach of this industry as we consider regulating it. Without this information, it's difficult to make informed decisions and to enact effective policies concerning entertainment and nightlife, which are a key part of San Francisco's cultural identity. Particularly as we attract more young people to San Francisco, as the biotech and other new economy industries grow here, we need to ensure that we are providing them with entertainment opportunities. Understanding the size and scope of entertainment and nightlife in the City will help us achieve that goal and help us remain a world-class city that attracts people here."
It sounds boring, but the fact that there has yet to be a serious economic impact study of San Francisco's nightlife has been a problem for our side in the past. For example, when someone makes an outrageous statement like claiming that that any possible economic benefit brought to the city by having nightclubs at all is outweighed by the cost of policing them, we don't have a solid number with which to counter that by showing that our number -- how much money nightlife brings to the city -- far outstrips theirs. The reason is that these kinds of studies are very expensive, so no nightclub or nightlife organization has been able to afford one yet. So for the City Controller to conduct the study for us is a good thing.