SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco has a long and storied music history, as the city has played host to some of the biggest acts in music for decades.

But with the current escalating cost of rent, and new residential developments popping up, many of the city’s live music venues are expressing concern over their future.

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San Francisco Supervisor London Breed is hoping to ease those concerns, as she has proposed legislation that would not only save long-standing music venues from closing, but also better the relationship they have with their neighboring residents.

“Cafe Du Nord in Upper Market, The Lexington in the Mission, Cafe Cocomo in Dogpatch, Red Devil Lounge and The Sound Factory,” Breed said, listing the venues that have closed recently or are set to close.

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Breed’s legislation would make it more difficult for entertainment venues to be deemed a nuisance, require more sound testing for residential developments, have developers work with entertainment venues before they start construction, and also notify residents before they move in of the music and noise nearby.

“We’ve got to be able to co-exist,” Breed said. “Music and culture are too important to let us keep losing these cherished venues.”

Breed said live music venues are “an integral part of our culture” and her legislation would help foster a more harmonious relationship between residents and music clubs.


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