The Sociable City: Planning, Smart Growth, and the Nighttime Economy

April 10, 2012

Planning for people in a dense, highly concentrated space  requires adapting Smart Growth policy to the nighttime economy and increased  demand for places to socialize. More extensive consideration of zoning,  transportation, and public resource allocation  is necessary to attract the people  who want to work, study, and play where they live.

Jim Peters, president of the Responsible Hospitality  Institute, will share lessons learned from providing consultation services to  more than four dozen U.S. and Canadian cities to better plan, manage, and police  hospitality zones transitioning from day to evening to late-night activity. An  author and a speaker at conferences worldwide,  Peters blends his understanding of  generational needs to meet and socialize with  practical application of core principles gathered from research and  documentation of success.


Jim Peters

Jim Peters is founder and president of RHI and oversees the development of programs, publications and events. As a consultant for dozens of cities, Peters offers comprehensive insights on trends and effective strategies on managing hospitality zones and nighttime economies.  Peters has overseen the evolution of RHI from its founding in 1983, spearheading an international movement to raise awareness of the responsibility of bartenders in preventing drunk driving, to RHI's current role as a leading resource to cities worldwide on development of a safe and vibrant nightlife.  He is a speaker at conferences worldwide, including the Civic Trust in London, Third International Conference on Alcohol Harm Reduction in Barcelona, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Transportation Regulators, International Parking Institute, and as a regular speaker at the International Downtown Association and National Trust Main Street Center conferences, and many state conferences and forums.