Is 14th Street’s restaurant boom to blame for all of these rats?

September 20, 2013

People are flocking to the new restaurants on 14th Street NW, but they aren't the only ones: According to ABC 7, rats are big fans of the area too.

Yes, rodents are a part of city life in any neighborhood. But it seems like the recent influx of restaurants has exacerbated the problem in Logan Circle: Residents have "crushed" the local ANC with complaints about rodents, which have found breeding grounds in greasy restaurant alleyways and dumpsters. The neighborhood's puggles, Pomeranians, and Maltipoos spend their twice-daily walks trembling in abject terror.

Neighborhood leaders and restaurant owners plan to meet on Oct. 17 to talk about the rodent problem at 7 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. In the meantime, you can turn our 14th Street restaurant flowchart into a fun game of "Who is causing the neighborhood rat problem?" Or you can check out the work of brave Washington Post photographers who were tasked with a seriously crummy assignment earlier this summer -- to document D.C.'s rat problem -- in the photo gallery below.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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