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“the liquor store- the blight of a NE DC neighborhood”

just a stock photo of a liquor store sign I like because of the contrast with the church

the liquor store- the blight of a NE DC neighborhood

“I live in a row house in an otherwise seemingly quiet part of NE DC near Stadium Armory. The place is great except for the corner of 18th and D St NE where two businesses (the Parks Economy Market and Master Liquor) attract a crowd socializing in and around the outside area for hours into the evening.

Shattered glass, beer cans, food waste and food wrappers litter the sidewalks around the areas surround C St NE and D St NE from 17th St NE to 21st St NE. Cars pull up blasting music almost always with a heavy bass line. Other times men are shouting at each other incoherently about sports or news or whatever else is on their minds. Often this is accompanied by a haze of marijuana. Other times you might find someone slouched over the sidewalk completely drunk and on the ground. On the weekends things turn even more colorful.

Why does this matter?

Because this is a residential area with families around, several schools and a lot of children and pets. Because businesses should have a responsibility in the well being of their communities and being good neighbors. Because its basic respect not to enable public drinking and encourage loitering outside your business. The situation got so bad last year a group of individuals complained to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ( on a whole series of poor business practices. Much little has changed to this day.

If you live in this area and are concerned about this issue, please contact your ANC rep or complain on ABRA’s website (”

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