Peace or vibrancy on 14th Street?

March 21, 2013

Will liquor license moratorium help 14th Street retail or lead to stagnation? (MidCity Business Association)

Should the burgeoning 14th Street and U Street corridors follow in the footsteps of Dupont Circle, Glover Park and Georgetown and seek a moratorium on new liquor licenses? Small groups of residents believe so, and have asked local advisory neighborhood commissions to support their request, arguing the neighborhood is being overrun by bars and restaurants to the detriment of other businesses. But, according to Borderstan, the vast majority of residents who showed up at a Wednesday evening town hall are no fans of the idea. “I love the vibrancy,” said one attendee. “It’s just awesome.” Said another: “The moratorium is too blunt an instrument.” And another: “Why stall development in the neighborhood?” And another: “It’s anti-small business, anti-competition. I’m inalterably opposed.” More from DCist and Young & Hungry.

In other news:

Man is shot to death outside nightclub north of Farragut Square (Post)

Inspector General is looking into FEMS issues (WTTG-TVWRC-TV)

EMS union chief places blame for cop incident on dispatchers (WJLA-TV)

What is Ron Machen waiting for? (Loose Lips)

Congressional haggling has held up Tuition Assistance Grant payments to 1,300 college students from D.C. (Post)

Walter Reed draws interest from nine big-time developers (WBJHousing Complex)

Federal lawmakers — including Eleanor Holmes Norton — would ban trademark protections for “Redskins” (Post)

Living-wage bill generates spirited testimony (PostHousing ComplexDCistExaminerDCFPI)

How parking requirements are slowing Anacostia development (Housing Complex)

Muriel Bowser is mayoral race’s “immediate frontrunner,” says Chuck Thies (WRC-TV)

Dispensaries should have medical marijuana to sell next month (Examiner)

Food truck owners fear for future under new regulations (City Paper)

Sharon Pratt endorses Anita Bonds (Post@VoteAnitaBonds)

Federal judge nixes $3.5 million verdict against city in sexual harassment case (Post)

D.C. to insurers: No discriminating against the transgendered (Blade)

Panel of 17 will help Vince Gray sort out CBE reforms (again) (Loose LipsWBJExaminer)

David Alpert likes Elissa Silverman and Matt Frumin, and thinks you should, too (GGW)

17-year-old charter school student admits to raping classmate (Post)

Inside the fancy new Chinatown Walgreens (Housing ComplexDCist)

New DMV location on Rhode Island Avenue is about a week from opening (DCist)

Logan Circle is now D.C.’s densest neighborhood (GGW)

Capitalism is to blame for school closings? (Informer)

Obama’s choice of solo lawyer for judgeship is unusual (Legal Times)

Lured to Northeast by Craigslist ad for used cell phone, Virginia men are robbed (WJLA-TV)

Meet Kimberly Missouri, MPD’s commander of the year (WRC-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton will open NoMa office (WBJ)

Dancer sues Stadium Club for sexual harassment, discrimination (WJLA-TV)

Hizzoner talks sports with LaVar and Dukes (Sports Bog)

The Northumberland: Gracious Washington living, vintage 1910 (Streets of Washington)

Boat burns in Washington Channel (WRC-TV)

Sinkholes at Garrison Elementary! (PoPville)

It’s good to be Joe Englert (Scrib)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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