I wish, for instance, that the Cabin John streetcar and other lines of the old Capital Transit system had not been abandoned. I wish also that the landmark National Presbyterian Church at Connecticut Avenue and N Street had not been torn down to provide space for a nondescript office building. And it's awful that Sholl's Cafeteria at Vermont Avenue and K Street got evicted.

We all mourn over things like these. But most of us get over the feelings of loss.

Which is by way of saying that, after a year, the time for mourning over the destruction of Rhodes Tavern should be ended. Those (including Metro Scene) who advocated the retention of an inn at 15th and F streets NW, considered to have been Washington's first town hall, should recognize reality.

Recently a new wave of disfiguring posters has been plastered in midtown public places, still lamenting theloss of Rhodes Tavern. Preservationist sparkplug Joe Grano made clear in a tabloid published on the anniversary of the destruction that the Barry administration should be held accountable for skirting laws that should have saved Rhodes Tavern. That's useful information.

But Rhodes is gone. Posters or not, it can't be brought back.