Just the other day we had a few things to say in this space about the extraordinarily pokey way in which a citizen-produced rezoning plan for the Dupont Circle area has been handled by the District's planning and zoning bureaucracies. Well, we can now report that the tradition of interminable delay on this project has been kept intact by attorneys representing not only developers who don't like the plan, but-of all things-by a lawyer acting on behalf of the very citizens who have been pressing for a prompt decision. Unknown to many members of the citizens' coalition, the attorney has just formally requested the D.Z. Zoning Commission to hold off again, reportedly citing some need to check certain records and some problem with the Christmas rush.

Not surprisingly, this was just fine with the developers' attorneys, so you can cross off January for any decision; the next commission meeting after that is normally the second Thursday in February. Maybe next June, if any of the finer old buildings in the neighborhood are still standing, the attorneys on all sides might think about pooling some of their fees to hold a party marking what will be the fourth anniversary of the day the citizens first submitted their plan to the commission. Just don't count on it. . .