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A representative selection of comments on last week’s issue:

“NoMan’s Land: D.C. forces homeless residents to relocate from sidewalks to make way for public art installations” By Andrew Giambrone

Hopefully they stay gone. They have no right to camp out on the sidewalk. —jac52683 on washingtoncitypaper.com

I was sad when I saw this Sunday. They are just trying to live. —@kdking97 on Twitter

If this doesn’t sum up the gilded age we’re living in, I don’t know what does. #dcvalues —@damonandreking on Twitter

I’m all for public art, but moving homeless people for construction for the art seems like some of the worst parts of gentrification. Do better D.C. —@asherhuey on Twitter

“Profit and Sauce: Pulling back the curtain on food costs in D.C. reveals some restaurants are more like magicians than money-making machines” By Laura Hayes

@LauraHayesDC got a bunch of D.C. restaurants to dish on how much popular meals actually cost them—further reinforcing my beliefs that restaurant economics are insane, and Baan Thai is perfect. —@caitlindewey on Twitter

No one thinks of costs like labor, overheads, taxes, or logistics. But for anyone that’s never worked in the food industry before—the money is never in the food. Many cases you take losses because of spoilage, waste, comps. The money is in drinks. —mistermeh on Reddit

I would think that any restaurant group thinks about these things every day when launching a new concept. Whether they’re able to properly execute or not is a different question, but pretty much everyone opening a restaurant understands how to budget and plan. —BirdLawyerPerson on Reddit

My experience in investing is no, no unfortunately they don’t. They think they have a good idea, money will come. They for the most part spend, sell, and then tally up if they profited. Some may not even realize they had a terrible month until the end of the month. —mistermeh on Reddit