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Friday Question of the Day – Will DC’s Nightlife Suffer From Late Night Metro Service Cuts?

by Prince Of Petworth April 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm 71 Comments

Photo from PoPville Flickr user Jess J

Thanks to a reader for sending in a link to this story from WAMU radio:

“U Street, H Street, Adams Morgan,” he (Bill Duggan from Madams Organ) says. “All these areas are driven by the hospitality industry. That’s what gets the neighborhoods going and that’s the economic piston that’s driving this thing. And I think that they’ll grind the wheels to a halt.”

If that happens, the fallout wouldn’t be limited to Adams Morgan. The pain would be felt anywhere restaurants and bars are clustered near Metro stations, places like U Street, Chinatown, Dupont Circle–even some suburban areas like Clarendon and Bethesda. It’s a move that could be detrimental to many businesses, especially if it prompts the region’s night crawlers to spend their evenings at home.

What do you guys think – would bars and restaurants be severely affected by late night metro cuts? Do you think places would start to go out of business? And this might generate a biased result given the location of many readers but would you rather see late night cuts or the elimination of the Yellow Line north of Mt. Vernon Square?


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