I fully support the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission in its opposition to the proposed Wawa retail developments. Such retail brands in prominent Georgetown locations will only dilute Georgetown’s quality and render it homogenous to other bland, lackluster towns. We need to support more locally operated business and stores and support local pop up creativity in vacant stores, which in turn will lead to longer retail leases. One way to encourage such activity is to communicate a “buy local” campaign. Coming from the U.K., I have seen firsthand the long-term business and community benefits by those towns that have taken such preservation action.
— Titus Johnson, Glover Park