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Lynch attacks nude dancing establishmentsThe Downtown Cluster of Congregations
1313 New York Avenue, N.W. * Washington. D.C. 20005
(202) 347-7015 * Fax (202) 347-4630
Oct. 10, 2000
Ms. Sharon Ambrose
Ward 6 Councilmember
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, N.W. Room 710
Washington, DC 20004
Re: Bill 13-449, Title 25 DC Code Enactment & Related Amendments Act of 2000
Via Fax & Post
Dear Councilmember Ambrose,
I am writing to express the strong concern of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations that the current language of this act would allow new nude dance establishments with liquor licenses to open in the downtown area of Washington, DC.
As you know, there already exist some 23 such establishments throughout the city. Clearly, persons interested in such entertainment with alcohol service have ample opportunity already to frequent such establishments. To literally open the gates to new such venues will substantially setback the efforts that have been made over the last decade to rejuvenate downtown. The Cluster's efforts to improve and enhance the neighborhood will suffer inordinately should such clubs again be allowed to proliferate. It is the experience of this organization that such establishments result in numerous, negative ancillary impacts.
I hope that the language allowing such expansion of nude dance clubs with liquor licenses will not be going forward. Thank you for attention to this important matter.
cc: City Councilmembers