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No Porn District For Troy

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Yesterday, The City Council of Troy voted on the measure that would allow for 70 acres of a “Porn District” in South Troy along the Hudson River. The vote was split 5 to 4 on not allowing the adult entertainment district.

Several council members stated their reasons for voting “no”: Councilman Ken Zalewski said “Nobody wants this in their neighborhood” & Councilman Rodney Wiltshire claims “seventy acres of pornography is too much”.

This now means the city would have to review each individual request for an adult entertainment business to open in the city limits. Meaning the council would have final say of if and where a store would go. Currently the city is in a lawsuit with Your Place LLC, who’s store opened on Fourth Street and was eventually shut down by the city.

What’s wrong with our own version of a “Red Light District”? P. Thomas Carroll of Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway says that the city should be working on making that area a more “desirable residential district.”

Many voiced their opinions, for and against, but at the end of the day the Council voted against the rezoning measure for South Troy. Those that supported on the Council are Democrats Lynn Kopka & Councilman Kevin McGrath along with Republican Councilmen Mark McGrath and Dean Bodnar.

What’s next? Who knows but it looks like most adult entertainment stores will not even try to open in the City of Troy.

I really don’t understand what the big deal is. There is an obvious desire for adult entertainment (strip clubs, novelty stores, etc) and it’s not demoralizing a neighborhood or district. Sex is seen as such an evil thing when it’s in the public eye. Whenever it comes to opening a novelty store or strip club, people throw up their hands and wave their fingers of judgement. Are we in the 18th century still? People have sex, they want sex related items, or they want to be entertained for the night while watching half naked woman dance for them. Get over yourselves and your blinded views; sex is apart of human nature in nearly all forms. I applaud those that supported it and hope the issues will be brought up again sooner than later.

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