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The author is flatly wrong that the Cleveland Park commercial area is "struggling." As evidence for this dubious proposition, he cites the presence of some tanning shops and phone stores and suggests that all will be well if the zoning overlay is lifted. But the commercial area seems to be doing very well, even in a mixed economomy. Where are the empty storefronts? Last night I was walking along Connecticut Ave. by Dupont Circle, which has no overlay and lots of restaurants and you guessed it, tanning salons and phone stores.

Also, the author is incorrect that Cleveland Park doesn't want the overlay. The list serv "poll" he cites is not only unscientific but most of the list serv's 12,000 + members live around the city, not in the neighbhorhood. Indeed, in what is pretty close to a vote, a couple of years ago a group which avowedly opposed the zoning overlay tried to take over the local citizens association in a heavily contested election with hundreds of members voting. They lost decidedly to a slate that supported more balanced growth.

If the zoning overlay is so wrong, why does the Office of Planning recommend in the Comprehensive Plan that such overlays be adopted in other neighborhoods?

by Bob on Nov 13, 2012 3:17 pm • linkreport

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