I am quite certain that this post will get me in hot water.
The debate du jour in Eckington is the proposed relocation of GLBT clubs and strip bars that have been displaced by construction of the new Nationals Baseball stadium, to be relocated and allowed to operate in Ward 5 (specifically Ivy City).
-These were legally operational businesses that were closed and sold due to eminent domain for the stadium.
-The stadium (which I support(ed)) has been subsidized by DC residents and businesses at the cost of nearly $600M
-Creation or in this case, recreation of businesses, improves the tax-base, adds dollars to the economy and in many cases can spur growth.
-People do not want to move on this issue for a couple of reasons: its politically risky for the church-going parishioners of Ward 5 (and PG county for that matter*) and that there is still rampant discrimination toward the GLBT community.
-Provided that the area is zoned to accommodate such businesses, there is no reason for these clubs not to operate.
-Partisan politics shouldn't be at play here either. If you are a Repub, you should see the importance of business in the community and the role of Smith's laissez-faire . If you are a Dem, you need to realize that the GLBT community is struggling to have the personal freedoms that others enjoy with little to no repercussions.