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  1. Anonymous

    That’s an ambitious goal that businesses “should be selected carefully so that they don’t attract an undesirable crowd.” How do you do that exactly? How do you tell a business, such as MickyD’s, that they didn’t get in because they “undesirable crowd”? That’s an express ticket to racism charges. These youths are black; you can’t win on something like this.

    As stated on the blog, there are no loitering and congregating in public laws in DC, and there never will be. If it means these youths destroy businesses in the process, the District government does not give a dog damn.

  2. fourthandeye

    I’m with you anon 13:03. This is a sensitive subject that presents more opportunity to lose an argument than to win. I still figured I’d give it a whirl to gauge people’s impressions…

    At the end of the day I think Lowe Enterprises is going to sign a restaurant tenant that has a little more synergy with Busboys than McDonalds. But it should be interesting to see how it all plays out. The poll for October (up later tonight) will ask people what they hope to see.

  3. Anonymous

    @17:10, you probably don’t have a lot to worry about anyway. There’s got to be a lot more than just a MickyD’s or something like to to attract the marauding youths. It’s too far out of the way from the metro to be worth their while to walk over there and create havoc. Why should they? They’ve got everything they need at Gallery Place: each other to beat up and plenty of innocent people to harass. By comparison, it would be slim pickings over there! I’m just grateful that I don’t live on 7th Street.