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Police Chief Charles Ramsey’s reconfigured police service areas are meant to track more closely to neighborhood boundaries. But that plan works only if people agree on what neighborhood they live in. For some denizens of 14th and U Streets NW, the map reform has sparked an independence movement: They’re fighting to keep the area bordered by 14th, 16th, S, and U Streets out of Dupont Circle’s PSA. “Fourteenth and U is a distinct and separate neighborhood from Dupont,” argues Scott Pomeroy, director of the 14th & U Main Street Initiative. This would mark a new era for the increasingly upscale commercial corridor, parts of which used to embrace the label “greater Dupont.” Robert Halligan, co-chair of the Joint Dupont Circle Public Safety Committee, maintains that residents of the disputed territory still “prefer to be with us.” The final decision is in the hands of police brass. —Annys Shin