The concentration of drinking venues in a territorial area is a health risk factor for young nightlife goers and has a negative effect on residents’ quality of life. The literature on nightlife districts hasn’t fully described residents’ experience nor there are examples of involving local stakeholders in studies and interventions. The present contribution describes the main component of a participatory need and asset assessment research in a nightlife district in the city of Milan. In particular the results of the interviews to local stakeholders and residents, and of a final phase of feedback interviews and focus groups with participants, are described. Nightlife-related incivilities (litter, urine, vandalism, etc.) are perceived by residents as the most relevant perceived problem impacting on their quality of life. Nighttime noise is relevant only in specific limited areas, but it appears to be more tolerable because, in opposition to the former, doesn’t have an impact on residents’ daytime activities. The presents participatory research identified and mobilized relevant community stakeholders, and it represents a preliminary step of a further participatory design and implementation of interventions to promote youngsters’ health and residents’ quality of life.
Keywords: Participatory research, Social Reconnaissance, participation, local communities, nightlife districts.