Ever wonder why the sidewalks roll up at night in Salem? Is the lackluster performance of night time economy a consequence of the free market or are there explicit barriers regulating night time economy growth? In 2009, Salem Creative Network set out to identify challenges to the night time economy and develop programming to address these issues.
Programs like the Creative Pub Crawl, Cherry City Music Festival, Mix-n-Mash and the First Wednesday alley parties tested the market for noise, capacity, transportation and promotional limitations of policy on the night time economy.
The primary policy barrier was found to be the noise ordinance.
Currently, daytime limits of 70 decibels are reduced to 65 decibels at 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. For comparison, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says 80-90 decibels is the sound of a blow dryer, kitchen blender or a food processor. Busy traffic or a vacuum cleaner is around 70 decibels
Today, Salem Creative Network launches a campaign to raise the noise limit to grow the night time economy.
Will you help?
Join us for the launch tonight for an all-ages show at Shotski’s. Let’s make Salem louder, longer.