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The Party Animals may be national symbols, but they’re stirring neighborhood passion: Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Josh Gibson is distressed about the shortage of donkeys and elephants on his turf. Though downtown and Dupont Circle teem with decorated creatures, Adams Morgan has a mere sprinkling—and only one on 18th Street’s restaurant row. Having more animals, Gibson claims, would attract more tourist traffic. And as far as he’s concerned, nothing would affirm the neighborhood’s bohemian status better than luridly painted major-party mascots. “It’s a funky and interesting project,” he says, “and Adams Morgan is a funky and interesting place.” At a July 3 commission meeting, Gibson tried to get his colleagues to join in lobbying the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to deliver more animals. When fellow commissioners pointed out that animals are denser downtown because downtown sponsors paid four-figure fees to put them there, Gibson set the motion aside. —Annys Shin
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