OK, so I just browsed this article from RTE News, about opening up museums later in the evening, to support the night-time economy.
And it got me thinking about this concept: the night-time (or evening) economy. Nightclubs, it seems to me, have been in decline, even prior to the pandemic. There is a lull in the cities after 6 or 7pm, and then a big, mostly alcohol driven, pickup after 9pm.
Do we need a space for citizens to socialise in our city centres, during that evening period? Can it be safe and inviting? What is there to do? What are the local economic effects?
The weekends seem to be so busy, but the evenings during the week I see people pack into the only coffee place that stays open till 9, so there is demand.
How can we bring new life into the town or city, after the close of work?
Its a bit of a chicken and egg situation, in my opinion. Make the city safer and people will be more inclined to go out in town at night. When people go out in town more, more places will open. With places to go that isn't the pub or nightclub, more people will go out at night.
I think the plan is long term the grid will be balanced with electric cars charging at nighttime
Some countries like NL have the option of pulling electricity from the car during the day as well if they hits peaks.
Am I the only one that thought this thread was about something else?
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