Delores Lindsay, secretary at Howard University Hospital, Georgia Avenue and V Street NW: "I personally don't think it (the Harambee Hotel) has. I'd rather see more office buildings than that hotel. A health care facility or a clinic would be better. I don't think we'll benefit from that hotel."

Rosie Whittaker, 56, lab aide and resident at Second and W Streets NW: "As far as I'm concerned it (the hotel) is useful for people who need it. I think tourists are coming into the area and the hotel should provide jobs."

Grace Mobley, 35, nurse at Howard University Hospital, Georgia Avenue and V Street NW: "The Harambee is nice to have. It also serves a purpose for the doctors who have residences there. They can be closer to the hospital."

Vernon Woodland, 18, unemployed, resident at First and S Streets NW: "I don't know if the Harambee House has provided jobs but I feel we need more jobs to get the youngsters off the street and keep them buys. I think we need something in the area that would benefit kids, like a recreation or tutoring center. We don't have enough here to educate youth."

Wayne Jenifer, 18, unemployed, resident at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW: "The area needs a whole lot. It needs the hotel and it needs something for kids to occupy their minds, like a YMCA."

Gregory Anderson, 19, student resident at 8th and T Streets NW: "I feel it (the hotel) might do some good in the area. It's a nice looking building. I'm going to check it out.I think it will bring some tourists in the area, but I'd also like to see a few playgrounds in the area for kids."

Salena Eldridge Lewis, 22, nursing student at Howard University: "What we need is more parking space around here for the students. I don't know how the Harambee is taking care of it's parking, but it's easy to get a $25 ticket that doubles.People get their cars towed away. As a student it's frustrating to get a $25 ticket and you're trying to pay tuition."

"Will new businesses, such as the Harambee Hotel, help to upgrade the Georgia Avenue area?" Staff writer Joann Stevens and photographer Michael Ford Parks asked citizens their views.