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The Creative Footprint aims to gather data on New York nightlife to protect its venues

Data will be used to protect venues from gentrification

  • Valerie Lee
  • 5 December 2017

The Creative Footprint, a nonprofit civic initiative aiming to measure and index live music spaces, has its sights set on New York City.

It first launched in Berlin in April, eventually marking the city's Creative Footprint an 8.2 out of 10. The Creative Footprint offers a digestible analysis of a city's nightlife scene using data and tools to help establish proactive policies and legislation.

Back in May 2017, New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal put the wheels in motion for an Office of Nightlife, a government sector dedicated to the protection and management of nightlife in the city. Now, along with Berlin's Club commissioner and Amsterdam Night Mayor Mirik Milan, the Creative Footprint wants to make New York City its next target and also introduce NightCamp, a two-day workshop series for promoters, venue owners, government representatives and more to support discourse about the city's nightlife needs and the incoming Office of Nightlife.

One of the Office of Nightlife's main purposes was to protect smaller-scaled and DIY venues that support ground-level artists and serve as creative hubs from gentrification.

The Creative Footprint has launched a Kickstarter to garner support for its New York goal. Find more information here.

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