First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, free speech, equal protection, Twenty-First Amendment, zoning, adult entertainment


In an effort to prevent the spread of businesses specializing in adult entertainment, many cities have utilized zoning ordinances to combat problems in certain neighborhoods. New York City, Boston, and Detroit all have instituted such restrictions. This Note will consider whether the zoning of businesses specializing in adult entertainment is a legitimate exercise of the state's police power, analyzing its potential as a violation of the first amendment and the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment. In addition, the Note will examine the validity of using the twenty-first amendment to regulate adult entertainment businesses that serve alcoholic beverages.



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