Greater Greater Washington

Report a Comment

I appreciate Herb's well-reasoned and reasonable essay -- but I still disagree.

The zoning overlay essentially creates two rent classes. Restaurants pay higher rent (whatever the market will bear); everything else only has to compete with each other, not with restaurants.

Without the overlay, all establishments would eventually be forced to pay restaurant-level rents. I would welcome empirical evidence to the contrary, but it's hard for me to imagine how *any* of the following businesses could remain in Cleveland Park:

Artisan Lamp
Brother Vacuum
Framemart Gallery
Guitar Gallery
Made by You
Parcel Plus
Town Jewelers
Transcendence, Perfection, Bliss
UBreakIt WeFixIt
Uptown Vision
Wake Up Little Suzy

Some would still survive -- CVS, Petco, City Fitness, etc. Maybe the primary care clinic, probably one of the dry-cleaners.

But what about the mom-and-pop, the quirky, the everyday-essential, the unique services? I mean really, vacuum repair? competing with something like Ardeo? what do *you* think would happen?

Now maybe some people value even more take-out options above a diverse retail environment. But several dozen restaurants within two or three blocks seems like enough -- count me out.

Note: On the other hand, I would absolutely support adding 2nd or 3rd stories to many of the historic buildings along the commercial strip. Maybe change the overlay rules so street frontage doesn't count for a restaurant, as long as non-restaurant retail is operating upstairs?

by Shalom on Nov 13, 2012 7:00 pm • linkreport

Does this comment violate Greater Greater Washington's comment policy? If so, you can report it using this form and an editor will take a look.

What is the major reason you believe the comment violates the policy?
Comment is spam.
Comment attacks other individuals personally.
Comment criticizes the level of knowledge of another commenter or contributor.
Comment discourages others from posting their ideas.
Commenter is impersonating someone else.
Comment uses profanity or abusive language.
Comment advocates violent acts or harm to another.
Comment was posted in multiple areas of the site.
Comment is arguing about the comment policy.
Other:

Your name:
Your email:

Administrator pagespam
Support Us

How can our region be greater?

DC Maryland Virginia Arlington Alexandria Montgomery Prince George's Fairfax Charles Prince William Loudoun Howard Anne Arundel Frederick Tysons Corner Baltimore Falls Church Fairfax City
CC BY-NC