Please be quiet this is Stratford

The recent push by the owners of the Olde English Parlour to have the city's noise by-law click in at 11 p.m. is a foolish policy for a downtown in need of some life. Stratford's downtown is not the place of old - it has made the transition from a downtown for locals to shop for daily goods, to a place where locals play, procure niche goods and do their banking.  It's sad, but it's true.  The life of downtown isn't in looking to the past, but looking to the future of a vibrant lifestyle choice where residents locate downtown to be close to entertainment, culture, good restaurants, niche shops and business services.  To survive downtown has to offer life - that means action, music, attractions ... things to do.

The Olde English Parlour's attempt to shut down the music emanating from the back-end of Othello's is wrong headed and will only hurt downtown Stratford's transition to a lively place.  Even more so, it could damage Stratford as a tourist destination.  Yes, there is life after the theatre lets out.  If Stratford's theatre is going to be successful in the long-term, it's going to have to diversify it's audience.  Shutting down music at 11 p.m. isn't going to help attract the younger audience Stratford needs to succeed (it's also not going to be that good for the attraction of students with the future University of Waterloo campus).

My suggestion to the owners of the Olde English Parlour would be this - market to your guests that the hotel exists in a lively downtown, full of attractions for them to enjoy after the theatre.  And, if they don't like the nightlife, put them on the other side of the hotel.