Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, March 02, 2018

From the archives, umm, I guess I was right | Single Sales and the H Street neighborhood

I am trying to find an article reference concerning something I am trying to write, and came across this article in the Washington Post database, which featured me, including a photo, albeit on Labor Day, when fewer people read the newspaper, and "below the fold" besides.

But given today's success on H Street NE ("Update on the DC Streetcar program on the verge of launching Sunday service"), I guess it's fair to say I was right.

"Northeast Neighbors Aim to End Sales of Single Beers; Activists Say Restriction Would Help Clean Up H Street, but Merchants Decry the Effort as an Attack on Their Businesses," Craig Timberg, Aug 31, 2003, C1

The dynamics of the broader struggle against selling single cans and bottles of beer are less clear. The leading advocate on the D.C. Council is Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4), who represents a mix of neighborhoods, prosperous and not. Bills he authored to restrict single sales either citywide or in the northern ward he represents have so far failed.

Research on the consequences of banning single cans and bottles of beer remains scant, though there is evidence that the density of liquor stores correlates to social ills such as crime, vagrancy, violence and sexually transmitted diseases. Activists nationwide are turning increasingly to measures that curb temptation by banning high-alcohol beers and wines, limiting store hours and prohibiting refrigeration, so that a cold one isn't always steps away.

Council member Sharon Ambrose (D-Ward 6), who as chairman of the committee overseeing alcohol issues has been a key opponent to Fenty's bills, said she would support such limits in particular communities with problems. That includes, possibly, H Street, which Ambrose represents.



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