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Jim Graham Proposes Prop-Up Bill

March 24, 2014

D.C. Councilman Jim Graham wants the city to help prop up retail businesses in the U Street, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods.

That’s because while those areas already have many diverse retail businesses, they struggle on corridors increasingly devoted to nightlife, said Graham, D-Ward 1. He pointed to clothing and other boutiques on the 1500 block of U Street as an example.

“If you look at those very interesting businesses along there, they really are struggling to make a living,” he said.

Under a bill Graham proposed earlier this month, businesses situated around sections of U Street NW, 18th Street NW, Columbia Road NW, Mount Pleasant Street NW and 14th Street NW, among others, would be eligible to apply for grants under the Great Streets program.

(WBJ)

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