In a city of nerds who have justifiably intense reactions to D.C. development trends, Andrew Giambrone’s piece last week about Buzzard Point residents bristling at aspects of the D.C. United stadium project drew conflicting reactions. In an interview with City Paper, ANC 6D Chair Andy Litsky had urged accountability from government officials to ensure that the needs of area residents are thoughtfully considered. “We want to make sure that at no point in our potential advocacy and embrace of this plan for a soccer stadium are we then also accepting the notion that to get there, we are tacitly approving destruction and removal of people—not just in public housing but in owned residential housing,” he said. To which commenter Typical DC BS blithely responded, “Public housing residents demand a say? Please. Stop the idiocy—the ONLY ones with a say in this should be the property owners in the area.” Fabrisse chimed in with a more humane retort: “The residential property owners hate it, too. …This project is, at best, slipshod.”
But apparently controversial development that encroaches on the lives of D.C. taxpayers simply isn’t as sexy as the demise of a make-your-own-bowl Asian-style eatery that one reader described as “aggressively mediocre.” At last count, there were 142 comments on the D.C. reddit thread linking to our story about Chipotle’s plans to shutter its Southeast Asian eatery ShopHouse. One of our commenters got it more right than others: “Not sure you’ll get many love letters,” Tomaj wrote. “I thought it was a great idea when ShopHouse started, but the fast-casual build-the-bowl approach that works with a burrito doesn’t work for me with East Asian food. I felt like I was just getting a salad, when with East Asian, I want a composed dish, and one that’s cooked together. Hopefully, this move will put some brakes on the fast-casual trend, at least on the low end.” Others are earnestly broken up about the chain’s implosion. For a taste of the sentiments, check out this week’s “Humans of ShopHouse” feature.
Department of Corrections: Last week’s story about a recent water outage at St. Elizabeths inadvertently misquoted Linda Greene, president-elect of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Greene’s corrected comment: “Waterless hand gels are extremely effective.” She noted, however, that such sanitizers do not kill certain germs, such as those that cause norovirus.