The Village’s economy is dependent on adult entertainment. As our previous opinion, Joelner v. Village of Washington Park, 378 F.3d 613, 616 (7th Cir. 2004)(“Joelner I”), sets forth in more detail, the Village derives almost 100% of its income from the adult entertainment industry, a situation that the tiny Village has admitted it is doing little to remedy. See John McCormick, Cashstrapped Town Relies on Strip Clubs to Pay Bills, Chi. Trib., Apr. 29, 2003, at A1. As of June 2006, the Village licensed eight adult cabarets in its surrounding 2.5 mile span, including two cabarets under new construction.
It wasn't always so different, however. The neighborhood was incorporated as the City of South Denver prior to being amalgamated into the City and County of Denver, in order to restrain the predominant industry in the area, bawdy drinking establishments on South Broadway.