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Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc.
Citation:475 U.S. 41 (1986)
In May 1980, The Mayor of Renton, a city of approximately 32,000 people located just south of Seattle, suggested to the Renton City Council that it consider the advisability of enacting zoning legislation dealing with adult entertainment uses. No such uses existed in the city at that time. Upon the Mayor’s suggestion, the City Council referred the matter to the city’s Planning and Development Committee. The Committee held public hearings, reviewed the experiences of Seattle and other cities, and received a report from the City Attorney’s Office advising as to developments in other cities. The City Council adopted Resolution No.2368, which imposed a moratorium on the licensing of any business which has as its primary purpose the selling, renting or showing of sexually explicit materials. The resolution contained a clause explaining that such businesses would have a severe impact upon surrounding businesses and residences.
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