Berlin Authorities Promise 1 Million Euros to Protect Nightclubs From Sound Complaints

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Berlin, Germany.

Rather than give in to noise complaints and shut clubs down, Berlin's Parliament has agreed to allocate 1 million euros (about $1,186,750) toward the cost of noise reduction installations inside and around the city's nightclubs.

German publication Der Tagesspiegel reports that the charge was led by House Representative Christian Goiny of the Christian Democratic Union party. He's championed nightlife in the area for years, fighting against angry occupants of new high-rises who find the storied after-hour activities of their new home less than savory. 

The funds will be used to build sound-absorbing installations in music venues and noise barriers in outdoor areas, as well as help pay to soundproof windows for local residents and fund outreach programs to raise awareness for the vibrancy of Berlin's nightlife. While Goiny originally asked for 5 million euros, he sees 1 million as a good start.

It's a strong win for nightlife and Berlin's thriving electronic music scene. It's a move similar to one employed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. It's also a situation currently mirrored in downtown Miami, where new condo residents complain about the Florida city's iconic 24-hour district, home to internationally famous venues including Space Nightclub and E11even. Maybe they can take a page from Berlin and London's book.

Read the full story Der Tagesspiegel.


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