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i am truly dissatisfied with your most recent cover story pertaining to Adams Morgan (“Still Life, With Vomit,” 9/22).
I think it is a disgrace for you to perpetuate the negativity that other publications have associated with our neighborhood. Nothing is going on here that is not going on in front of other nightspots throughout the city.
Being a neighborhood business person and a (former, at this point) advertiser in your paper, I am appalled that you decided to run this type of story. It’s a pathetic ploy at piling onto an already sensitive but correcting issue.
The D.C. Police Department and the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District as well as the establishments in the neighborhood are making significant strides toward rectifying the area’s issues. All the city’s nightlife neighborhoods have these problems. I live in the U Street corridor, and what goes on in Adams Morgan pales to what is happening there and will continue to occur as the neighborhood continues to develop.
What you need to illuminate is how the Adams Morgan Day Festival can better serve the businesses in Adams Morgan, and how the organizers have too many food vendors thereby not allowing the businesses to put their best foot forward as dining destinations. Once again perpetuating the idea that this is only a bar area. Your blank thinking on the real issues of our society is not only alarming but ignorant. The irresponsible rag you are printing, and I use the word “rag” carefully, is nothing more than another form of the Star or the National Enquirer. Garbage!
You not only have lost a frequent advertiser, you have also ignited my disdain for your continued irresponsible message. I am taking this beyond this e-mail. I will head a concerted and motivated effort to boycott your advertising and classified sections, including your “pimping” the phone sex advertisements you have in the back of your rag. And like the Post, I don’t want to hear that they are two separate entities. I’m sure expenses aren’t paid on good looks, right?
Owner, Felix and Spy LoungeAdams Morgan