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Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 05/16/2011

What’s a third-world supermarket?

The redevelopment of the Cleveland Park/McLean Gardens/Wisconsin Avenue Giant -- which has been in the works now for well over a decade -- has been at the heart of one of the city’s longest-running and deepest-cutting neighborhood spats. The Post’s Lori Aratani gives the project the recap treatment this morning, offering up a decent primer on the long slate of bickering and the current state of play -- basically, the future of the Cathedral Commons development that would house the Giant, as well as residences, is still up in the air. (Financing for the Giant has not yet been secured, and there’s a pending decision from the D.C. Court of Appeals regarding the zoning procedures applied during the development process.)

But while the story is certainly a fascinating case study for those who consider themselves scholars of hyperlocal Washingtonian affairs, we were struck by one specific reaction to the debate shared by one D.C. council member:

“One thing working on Giant’s side was that people were tired of what some considered to be an almost Third-World supermarket,” said D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson, (D-At Large).

[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey’s post at]

Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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