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Shalom - To see if your argument holds water, let's try and imagine a neighborhood without a restaurant cap.

Oh, wait - we actually don't have to use our imaginations at all, because Cleveland Park is, for all practical purposes, the only neighborhood in the District of Columbia that has a cap on restaurants.*

Chevy Chase doesn't have a restaurant cap. Dupont Circle doesn't have a restaurant cap. Tenleytown doesn't have a restaurant cap. Georgetown doesn't have a restaurant cap. Logan doesn't have a restaurant cap. So by your logic, the commercial space in those neighborhoods should consist of 100% restaurants. But it doesn't. There's all kinds of quirky, interesting, and neighborhood-serving retail in all of those places.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of a single commercial area in DC or anywhere else in the country where restaurants occupy more than about half of the space available. So since the nightmare scenario you suggest has never happened anywhere, ever, I'm not sure why it should be a consideration when talking about Cleveland Park.

* Other neighborhoods are technically covered by the same zoning overlay, but for various reasons they're enforced loosely or not at all. Only Cleveland Park has a citizens' association that has historically insisted on rigorous enforcement of the 25% cap.

by Herb Caudill on Nov 13, 2012 8:21 pm • linkreport

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