The shouting has died down in Georgetown.
After all the outcry from its merchants and residents about the need for extra police, and after angry accusations by others that Georgetown was getting disproportionately large attention from police, the streets of the popular nightspot have been relatively quiet this summer.
"It's been a good summer," said Capt. Bruce McDonald as he stood at the police command post at the corner of 30th and M streets NW Friday night and surveyed the crowd.
There haven't been any serious crime problems in Georgetown this summer, McDonald said, adding that the season has seemed quieter than summers past.
"I doubt that we're making 10 arrests a weekend," he said.
In May, Police Chief Isaac Fulwood Jr. said that weekend overtime patrols in Georgetown would be discontinued because of lack of funds. One police official warned people to stay away from Georgetown, saying police could not ensure the safety of the area. Tensions were raised further by reports of several nighttime assaults.
After an outcry by area merchants, residents and elected officials, Fulwood announced that part of the overtime detail would stay after all, with an additional 25 officers assigned to Georgetown on Friday and Saturday nights.
Echoing McDonald, some Georgetown merchants said Friday that they were happy that the summer has been peaceful after a rocky start.
"There hasn't been a single problem," said Joseph P. Natoli, manager of the UNO pizzeria on M Street. "I'm very pleased with how it's gone."