Sunday, September 10, 2006

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 09/07/2006 | Strip club's demise costly

St. Paul Pioneer Press 09/07/2006 Strip club's demise costly: "Can nude dancing help build your neighborhood?
Organizers of a popular festival on St. Paul's East Side concede it can happen � albeit indirectly � and point to next week's abbreviated celebration as evidence.
Traditionally a four-day party, the Payne-Arcade Harvest Festival has been pared to just a parade.
Longtime residents are now finding themselves in the bizarre dilemma of giving thanks for the 1999 closure of the notorious Payne Reliever strip club but missing the steady revenue it produced for the neighborhood.
Pull-tabs purchased at the bar generated sizable charitable gambling proceeds that were directed to the Payne Avenue Business Association, which produces the festival and promotes the avenue's merchants, said Kristin 'Murph' Dawkins, president of the nonprofit association."
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