The Alcohol Beverage Control Board rules that a liquor license moratorium would harm revitalization of neighborhood centered on 14th and U streets NW. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The effort by a small group of mid-city residents to put the brakes on the proliferation of bars and restaurants along the U Street and 14th Street corridors came to a hard stop Wednesday. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled unanimously against the Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance’s request to place a moratorium on liquor licenses there, offering the following reasoning in a statement: “Property values are appreciating, the violent crime rate has decreased, and residents and businesses alike are being attracted to the area. There was no evidence that additional ABC-licensed establishments will have an adverse effect on the neighborhood.”

The decision followed months of debate that included most elected leaders, including members of four advisory neighborhood commissions, voting against the proposal. One of the moratorium proponents, Joan Sterling, told WAMU-FM afterward that her group would likely continue protesting individual liquor licenses: “We’ve all been here through much of the revitalization, which we’ve supported, but at some point there has to be a balance and there has to be an enforcement of the current regulations,” she said. More from WBJWRC-TV and Washingtonian.

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