In the necessary process of trying to keep sex-related businesses out of Old Town and the arena district, the Wichita City Council risks unnecessarily barring new tattoo and piercing shops from opening in those blocks. Since body artists won the right to open shops in the city limits in 1998, five businesses have given new, youthful life to formerly moribund blocks of East Douglas, fitting right into free-spirited Old Town. The rezoning wouldnâ€™t force out the businesses already open, but it would limit expansion and prevent others from opening. The city needs to rethink this check on a service business that long ago went mainstream.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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