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"Also, I'm surprised--but not surprised--at the less than subtle acrimony many of you have for the churchgoing folks. Lay off. ... Get over it and find an answer."

I agree with this, except I am not surprised. I think a lot of posters are missing the point, especially when they talk about church-goers from Maryland and their 'sense of entitlement' - a politely rude phrase. Please understand that it isn't necessarily the individuals who feel the entitlement, it is their church, the nighborhood institution. The church members feel, with some justification, that the church itself is a stalwart member of the DC community, which stood fast when the city was at its lowest ebb, and which helped create the renaissance we are enjoying today. It is that history, that contribution - in the years when no one else cared about Logan or Mid-City or Shaw or other neighborhoods - that 'entitles' these institutions to expect a certain respect and a little leeway on the one day of the week they are most busy. It is not a matter of worshipping just anyplace; it is very much a matter of worshipping in this specific place, no matter where you live.
I have some sympathy for this attitude, though clearly adjustments have to be made, and accommodations on both sides. However, there is no chance of amicable resolution to these issues without understanding that it is not just a matter of some Marylanders visiting the city on Sunday. Problems can be eased and solutions can be reached but only if both sides accord the other the standing and the respect of a legitimate voice. For a very start, leaving the churches out of the discussion of the expanded parking restrictions was just senseless - didn't it occur to any of the ANC members that the churches might need to be involved? Even non-churchgoers have to see that they are a major institution in the neighborhoods, and of course parking has been a sensitive subject for years now. For politicians, even ANC politicians, that seems like a very careless approach. Back to the drawing board!
(FWIW, I am a resident of the area, but not a member of any of the churches in this part of the city - I go to someone else's neighborhood to worship.)

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