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What Is the Future of Adult Entertainment in Seattle?

Steve Scher
07/23/2009 at 9:00 a.m.

Frank Colacurcio, Sr., strip–club tycoon and convicted racketeer, is scheduled for arraignment on Friday. With his lengthy rap sheet, Colacurcio is the kind of figure that can sour the public on the entire industry of adult entertainment. But a recent decision by a King County Superior Judge opens the door for new strip clubs near Safeco and Qwest Field. While this may increase income in the neighborhood, many people think the clubs will be too close to areas populated with children. Is the judge's ruling the conclusion to a lengthy period of legal protest? Does the future of adult entertainment hinge on loopholes in language and questions of constitutionality? Or is it an issue of morality?


Sally Clark is a Seattle City Councilmember and chairs the Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee.

Kari Lerum is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Washington Bothell whose work focuses on ethnographic studies of the sex and service industries, and documentary films about sex work, heroin use, the Seattle music scene and female filmmakers. She is the author of "Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy & Identity," "Sexuality, Power, and Camaraderie in Service Work" and "'Precarious Situations' in a Strip Club: Exotic Dancers and the Problem of Reality Maintenance."

Bryan Myrick is a Seattle–area conservative blogger who founded and has written for a number of other blogs. He previously worked as an owner, executive and manager in the mortgage field. He also holds a degree in political science and communications from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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