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May 28, 2000

A Fresh Approach in Logan Circle. Neighbors Unite to Lure Grocery Store, Jump-Start Rebuilding
by Darryl Fears, Washington Post Staff Writer

In their up-and-coming Logan Circle neighborhood, Wayne and Carol Dickson seemed to have everything a couple could hope for. The value of their renovated row house exceeds a half-million dollars. They often throw parties on their patio, where brightly colored flowers bloom year-round. Their neighbors know them by their first names.
Still, something was missing. They couldn't walk down the street and buy a pastry -- no bakery. They couldn't buy a vacuum bag or a screwdriver -- no hardware store. they couldn't even run out for fresh vegetables -- no supermarket.
Then, about two years ago, the Dicksons and their neighbors in the 1400 block of Q Street NW heard that Fresh Fields/Whole Food Market was seeking to build a store in the heart of the District. What happened next, said community activists and developers, is an extraordinary tale of how a group of residents came together, a tale that could set a standard for how neighbors become involved in the District's rapid redevelopment....
 
... developer Jim Abdo, who (is) building condominiums with high-end retail space because of Fresh Fields, are in discussions with such businesses. The residents' wish list includes a Home Depot hardware store and a Gap or a Banana Republic....
 
... So far, the only casualty of Fresh Fields-related development is a 7-Eleven at 14th and P streets. Abdo said he won't renew its lease when it expires in December. He'd rather see an outdoor cafe or bakery there....
 
... Abdo told one neighborhood publication that he's in discussion with Antrhopology, an upscale clothing and furniture store that caters to the hip and bohemian....
 
Excerpts from "A Fresh Approach in Logan Circle. Neighbors Unite to Lure Grocery Store, Jump-Start Rebuilding" in The Washington Post, May 28, 2000