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The Committee on Public Works and the Environment yesterday voted to approve a moratorium on single sales of alcohol for a section of H Street NE. The proposal must now come before the full council for consideration.
According to a communiqué from the office of Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, the measure, which would prohibit the sale of single containers of beer and half-pints of liquor, would span the 700 to the 1400 block of H Street NE. He said the proposal “will go a long way to address some of the chaos and crime afflicting H Street, NE.”
A similar moratorium is already in effect for a slice of Mount Pleasant, and supporters cite a reduction in calls for service to MPD as a result. But local H Street business owners have fought the ban, with Paul Pascal, an attorney for some of the businesses, saying it’s a “draconian” response that amounts to an effort by neighbors to micromanage local commerce.
But Wells says he supports the ban. “For too long, we’ve had individuals using our curbsides and sidewalks as open-air bars,” he said in the release. “I’m proud to support the ANC and residents to put the moratorium in effect…”