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Mount Vernon Letter: Sue’s Rendezvous Van Threatens Property Values

To The Editor:

This is not the first time that I have written to the City without results about the Sue’s Rendezvous van. The Sue’s Rendezvous van, featuring scantily clad women to advertise the strip club, is regularly parked on East Third Street and in the surrounding neighborhood. None of our neighboring communities have strip clubs or other forms of adult entertainment advertised in front of homes, around impressionable children, and within blocks from a school.

I love my home city of Mt. Vernon, NY but I’m disappointed that there are others, like the owner of Sue’s Rendezvous—a local strip club, and the driver of the Sue’s Rendezvous van that do not feel the same way I do about Mt. Vernon and its residents by insisting on parking the van on residential streets. More significantly, it is very telling that City administration has done nothing to keep this van off the residential streets of Mt. Vernon.

Moreover, besides threatening the property values, it’s another sign that City leaders similarly to the Don Sterlings and Jim Coughlan of the world think very little of the mostly black and brown girls that live in our neighborhoods. None of these girls are born with the desire to become a stripper and it is unconscionable that the owners of Sue’s Rendezvous and the City of Mt. Vernon allow the van to park on the street in residential neighborhoods.

I hope that this letter finally spurs some action from the Office of the Mayor and the Mt. Vernon City Council.

- Raquel M. Bennett

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