Every six months of so, it seems some news outlet rolls out another “is Georgetown is dead?” story. This week it was The Post’s turn.
Inspired by the genuinely sad story of the closing of Furin’s, The Post ponders:
Is Furin’s merely an example of the normal business cycle of Georgetown, or a sign of larger problems to come? Do mom-and-pop shops have a place in the neighborhood or are national chains destined to take it over?
In fairness to The Post, they do present a slightly more nuanced picture of the neighborhood than many “Georgetown is doomed to mall stores” articles. They quote John Hays, owner of Phoenix, who argues that changes come and go. In the end, The Post concludes that there has in fact been a reduction in independent shops, and that that is a result of high rents:
[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]
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