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City decides to go along to get along with Houston's strip clubs.

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According to the Twitter feed of Janice Evans, the director of communications for Mayor Annise Parker, the city signed a deal last week that will allow "gentleman's" clubs to go topless again and allow lap dances previously prohibited by the three-foot rule.

The deal includes provisions for the creation of a $1 million human-trafficking fund to be paid for by club owners. In addition, clubs will agree to remove all private rooms from their establishments (no champagne room?). The deal will put to rest a 16-year-old lawsuit against the city as well.

This comes on the heels of the sting of a club where a number of underaged girls were removed, many believed to be the victims of human trafficking. Houston is a noted hub of human trafficking thanks at least in part to the Port of Houston, where victims often enter the country.

We have long been known as something of a mecca for strip clubs, but that has been quelled over the past decade thanks to strict enforcement of the city's sexually oriented business ordinance. It appears at least some of that will now go by the wayside and clubs will once again be allowed to let men get some boobs in their faces. And without the three-foot rule, literally.
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Television

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Guess what the highest-rated TV station is in Houston.

Jeff Balke

When you live in a city like Houston, it can be easy to forget just how diverse it actually is. Most of us have friends from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Our co-workers and even family members don't look like us and we embrace it. Houston is, after all and according to some, the most diverse city in the nation.

But one thing we tend to forget is just how popular other cultural interests can be. We don't realize that Latin music, for example, is extremely popular in the United States and much of it is not made outside our own country. So when Univision 45 announces that it is now the No. 1 station in the Houston market, a part of us shrugs and thinks it's no big deal, but another part says, "Seriously?"

But that is the case. Univision 45 announced this week that it is now the No. 1 station in the Houston market, beating out local ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates.

"With two days remaining in the November 2013 sweep period, KXLN Univision 45 is Houston's No. 1 broadcast station among Adults 18-49 in major dayparts including: daytime, early news, primetime and late news, regardless of language."

Considering how popular network television shows are, this is surprising, or maybe it isn't. the popularity of network and even cable television has been eroding. A recent story in the Seattle Post Intelligencer notes ominously that TV is dying, thanks, at least in part, to streaming services and mobile technologies.

That erosion is leaving a hole in the marketplace, particularly for specific programming. In a state as diverse as Texas, that means a Univision affiliate is primed to win the ratings war. Still, in a city the size of Houston, it is a bit of a shocker that a Spanish-language channel, something a fairly large percentage of the population couldn't watch simply because of the language barrier, would win the ratings war. But if as many younger and affluent people are giving up traditional TV for streaming as stats would seem to indicate, I guess we shouldn't be all that surprised.

 
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toryu88
toryu88

I was really shocked because behavior that was verboten in the 80's was in full swing, insertion of fingers in genitals was now okay, boob fondling and sucking was cool too. And prostitution was pretty much standard, at least among the influx of Eastern European dancers. The 3 foot rule and registration was always about money for the city coffers and nothing more. It had nothing to do with public morals or safety. Much like prohibition, the rules only made things worse in the clubs, not more chaste. The nipple covering has always been a joke and nearly non-existent. Latex was only painted on the nipples by a few girls, most went without. Parker needs toget her head out of her expansive bottom and learn what is going one, but..oh I forgot, going to a strip club might be too much of a temptation for a lesbian, but then again her supporting constituents would understand.

toryu88
toryu88

It goes to show how out of touch city politicians really are. The 3 foot rule was a fiction. In the late 80's I frequented clubs a couple times a week. There was no touching above the knees, no fondling and no 3 foot rule. Then comes the 3 foot rule in the late 90's. I hadn't been to clubs in a long time. I went to the Colorado and was shocked. The three foot rule caused clubs to install metal detectors, ostensibly to detect firearms, but no, they were to detect badges. There was a code word that would be announced in the club by intercom to warn the dancers a badge was coming in. Then the 3 foot rule went into effect.

Schitt.C.Rumpney
Schitt.C.Rumpney

true, it could be a way for extortion, but prices are going up all over. Might as well make the extra bucks work in this case where now, the over-righteous have no stand against the business operating any longer.  Patrons may pay an extra "$20" here and there, but at least they can have their "cherry pies" and "eat it too" without hassles from hpd

alternateworld
alternateworld

This is a chickenshit way to extort money from the gentleman's club to pay for a problem the city should take care on it's own. 

Puller58
Puller58

Used to hit the clubs hot and heavy back in the day, but I've only made a few stops at Heartbreakers in Dickinson, so I didn't even know there was a ban in H-town.  Guess the young ladies will be happy?

Puller58
Puller58

@Schitt.C.Rumpney @Puller58 Frankly, I don't really miss the club scene.  A few of the old clubs are gone, and the ones that I used go to when I was "active" like the St. James are geared towards "close encounters."  Rick's is just a set up for take outs...

Puller58
Puller58

@Schitt.C.Rumpney I only went in there a time or two back in the 80s.  (Too stuffy for me.)  As far as why it closed, could be the owner got tired of being hassled.  (Some clubs that wouldn't pay off the you-know-who, got harassed.)  I liked Club Royale.  Used to be one off 59 I liked, but something like Treasures was just nasty.  Again, I kind of stopped in the early 2000s.

Schitt.C.Rumpney
Schitt.C.Rumpney

@Puller58

I cant recall when The Colorado closed! To this day i dont know how it got by me.  What happened and what lead up to their closing?  My boss at an old job used to set visiting reps up for "dinner" at the Colorado!  The Yucatan and some locl bookstore was as close as i got to a stripclub back in the 90s and early 2000s.    Seem that when the doors closed on those places they were never to be seen again

 
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