Just saw this one the Columbia Heights Yahoo! group - some neighbors are opposed to the new wine bar coming to 11th and Lamont, and plan to fight against the liquor license. Others argue in favor of the place.
Here's the whole discussion thread - the two opposed folks argue that it's going to be noisy, messy, and there will be drunks around. The folks in favor say it won't be, it'll be upscale, a nice place, and the owners have a good track record. I tend to agree with them - this place has $14 glasses of wine, not $2 shooters. The valid-ish point I see is from the other person opposed, who argues for a Boys and Girls Club or something for the kids. Of course, there's already one at 14th and Euclid, not that far away, but I kinda see what she's getting it.
Here's my take - it's a wine bar. People who frequent wine bars usually don't get crazy drunk, and the place is abandoned now. If someone wanted to raise money and put in a kids' center or something, there are tons of other empty storefronts around, and the wine bar hardly prevents that from happening. And I don't even drink wine.