The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is poised to ask the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to again renew the now 23-year-old “East Dupont” liquor license moratorium on the 17th Street, N.W., commercial strip and surrounding streets for three years. That is the recommendation of a draft resolution released on Thursday, Aug. 1. Little suspense awaits the outcome of a scheduled vote by the nine-member ANC at its monthly meeting next week.
While the ANC should beg the city to end a self-inflicted misery mandated long ago at the request of predecessors and a once-more-powerful citizens association, the issue stirs scant contemporary emotion. The toxic battles that tore a neighborhood apart are the remnant lore and legacy of a best-forgotten past.
Critics have long maintained that the prohibition on new eateries and gathering spots has stymied all types of economic engagement and vitality. It was hoped that the ANC would finally request the city terminate a ban supported by a vocal minority.
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