To start with, the homeowners own Georgetown. . . . I've lived there since 1939, which is 46 years, so I was there way back when, and it certainly has changed from the village that it was. It used to have a very pleasant small-town atmosphere. It has lost a lot of that now.
One of the problems is that it's become so commercialized on M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. After all, we don't need eight, nine or 10 shoe stores, and we don't need palm readers or fast food restaurants for the residents. . . .
And it's difficult to preserve the open space. For instance, the block on P Street where Mrs. (Dean) Acheson lives -- which is really a beautiful block of historic houses -- somebody wants to build a new house in the open space in the middle of the block that will be like a sore thumb. Although the Fine Arts Commission and the Georgetown Commission do have some control, they don't seem to be able to exert as much control as seems to be necessary. . . .
We never used to have all that mess down there on Halloween, but some bars or businesses wanted to attract customers. It's a question of greediness on the part of these enterprises that has really led to all this -- the fact that every time there's a winning football game or a championship of some sort, everybody "goes to Georgetown." Hopefully, things will change.
For instance, the city now has a New Year's Eve party downtown by the old Post Office building, and there should be more of such events and celebrations there so that it will be the place to go and have fun -- not to Georgetown.