The wine bar issue has kept simmering, and boiling in some cases. There's still debate over at the Columbia Heights Yahoo group, and a lot at the Prince of Petworth too.
But a commenter here made an interesting point - the people opposed may not be opposed to the wine bar, but to the people who would go to it - yuppies, fancy types, whatever you want to call them. It's almost like this is turning into a newcomers versus long time residents issue - people who are new are largely in favor, and people who are opposed seem to be those who have lived in the area for awhile. And this is the first real outright new versus old debate I can remember.
And maybe I'm biased, but I don't see anything wrong with empty storefronts getting filled, and I don't think there's an alcohol concentration either as some folks have expressed concerns about. There's even been some pro-active stuff by bar owners, as John Andrade, who owns what will be Meridian Pint at 11th and Park, posted a message and said he wants to create a local running group that will meet at his bar.
Your thoughts? Assuredly this blog has a bit of a self-selection, but I'm curious to hear what other people think.
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