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With its reputation for blight and Mad Dog bottles, Columbia Heights has trouble drawing its wealthier Mount Pleasant neighbors across 16th Street to visit—except when its Saturday-morning farmers’ market is open. This June, however, Mount Pleasant will launch its own market, also scheduled for Saturdays, four blocks from the one in Columbia Heights. And while the new market’s proprietor, Nina Planck, stresses the uniqueness of its “growers-only” veggies, salsas, and cheeses, others see it as unwelcome competition. “It’s the same thing we got,” says Ted Loza, who co-founded the Columbia Heights market. “I wish that Nina would work with [Columbia Heights], do something jointly,” says Jeff Brechbuhl, who is helping Planck organize the new market. “One of the issues in Mount Pleasant is that people try to do good things, yet people always try to do their own thing.”

—John Metcalfe