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I've long be on the side of eliminating the cap on restaurants. Herb's arguments in favor of getting rid of the overlay are solid and persuasive.

The overlay was conceived in a pre-Internet era, and the Internet has dramatically changed retail. The kind of retail that people use most are stores that offer what the Internet can't provide, and that often turns out to be restaurants.

I'd like to take exception to Bob's assertion that most of the over 12,000 member of the Cleveland Park Listserv live outside of Cleveland Park. I'm the publisher of the Cleveland Park Listserv and I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how Bob came up with that statement, because it's not true.

But let's follow that particular point out to it's logical conclusion anyway. Does anyone think that only people in Cleveland Park should have a say over what happens to the overlay? Should only ANC representatives who live in Cleveland Park, rather than the entire ANC, vote on the overlay, if this issue comes before them?

The two polls we have conducted on the listserv show that by a 2-1 margin people in Cleveland Park support getting rid of the cap on restaurants. Could these polls be off? Of course; they're not perfect measures. But could these two polls, conducted four years apart and yielding almost identical results be completely wrong? No, they express the sentiment of people in Cleveland Park accurately.

If anyone thinks that Cleveland Park's residents don't support getting rid of the restaurant cap, then they should conduct their own poll. The more measures of neighborhood sentiment, the better.

by Bill Adler on Nov 13, 2012 6:05 pm • linkreport

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