In the Aug. 4 Metro article "Amid Lament, Sisterspace Evicted," the proprietors of Sisterspace and Books said they were trying to "stand up for U Street and for people who look like us around this city." They say their inability to meet the demands of the building owner, a black man, was a strike against black progress.

I'm a black woman who owns a house on U Street, and I don't get it. How are the efforts of a black man to get his tenants to pay rent or to get fair market value for his property blows to black progress?

If it's an issue of race then why has Cakelove, which is owned by a black man, been able to flourish in the same area?

The closing of Sisterspace is the result of capitalism. Times change and so must business models if they plan to compete. Many of us now purchase books online or at massive bookstore chains where shelves are stocked with every type of book imaginable.

It would seem that "what this is really about" is the popularity of these alternative means to purchase books and the inability of a novelty bookstore to compete.

ALEA M. BROWN

Washington