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YOUR “GET OVER IT” vignette of Mount Pleasant was bunk (“Riot Scars,” 12/23/94). Mount Pleasant is a Rock Creek Park community of homes the Washington Times describes as “elegant row houses.” On its eastern border is Mount Pleasant Street NW, a mix of upscale condominiums, dilapidated apartment buildings, and small retail stores. Commercial and residential rents on this street are well above the metro-area medians.
Your reporter says the worst damage in the 1991 disturbance was to the former Church’s Chicken site on Mount Pleasant Street. She says the site lay empty for three years, implying no interest by developers. You are wrong on both counts! Like so many in the local news media, you relied on past false news reports and stereotypes.
First, the Church’s site development was delayed by Historic Mount Pleasant’s demands for compliance with historic guidelines. An observant reporter would note that the new Payless Shoe Store on the site is a replica of the street’s historic sites—not one of those cheesy stores found throughout suburbia.