"How do you feel about Washington's red light district?" Staff writer Joann Stevens and photographer Michael Ford Parks went to 14th Street to ask pedestrians their views. Alexiy-Vernon Padgett, 20, student, resident of Connecticut Avenue and Kalorama Road NW: "I think it's very necessary.It's something people obviously want. I also like the idea of it being in one section. I think that protects those who are against it. (They) don't have to come down here." Ronald Rutledge, 19, student, resident of 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW: "I'm from north New Jersey and it's a whole different atmosphere there. There's more money here and more of what's going on (in pornography) around the nation. I think it should be closed down. This is the capital of the United States and it should project a better image than it does." Roser Bluefer, 27, freelance writer, resident of 18th Street and Massachusetts Avenue SE: "I think it's a good thing. Whatever they (the red light district patrons) are doing they're going to continue doing it. The red light district is needed." Ariene Alombro, educator from Shreveport, La., attending an education conference: "This is my first time to D.C. In New Orleans we have these kinds of places. I was surprised to see it in Washington. I didn't expect to see anything like this. They should get rid of it. I'm staying at the Lee House. When we had our orientation they told us don't go out on the street at night. I would look out my windows and see all the prostitutes hanging out on the corner. Some of the other girls were really shocked." Kurt Burhart, 25, political analyst at the Federal Elections Commission, resident of Burke, Va.: "I don't walk out here with the fear like I used to. But you get out of your car and feel somewhat intimidated. They have a right to push and sell but I'd like them to put the pornography somewhere else (rather than downtown). But there's a lenient (attitude) here (about pornography). The city's not doing anyting to alleviate it." Deborah Davis, 19, Student, resident of 9th and Westminster streets NW: "I don't like it. I think it's a disgrace. All the women on these corners could be working or in school. Half of them are very intelligent. It needs to stop." Sally Thomas, 30, lobbyist, resident of Vermont and L Streets NW: "I guess as a woman I think it's incredible that we still have this kind of sex symbolism in this day and age. I find it offensive and ridiculous. I think they (pornography establishments) should be zoned or placed on the outskirts of the city."