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Posted at 1:02 PM ET, 10/25/2010

A lot is at stake in ANC elections

By David Alpert

ANCs, or Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, have no power to directly approve or reject any proposals. Nevertheless, they can have a tremendous effect on their neighborhoods and their growth, for good or ill.

That's why it's very important for D.C. residents to learn about the candidates and cast informed votes in ANC races, and why Greater Greater Washington will be making ANC endorsements this week.

ANCs wield the greatest influence over the retail corridors in a neighborhood. Restaurants and bars need liquor licenses to sell alcohol, and public space permits to open up sidewalk cafes. They generate noise and trash which often engender specific opposition. Their business is already one of thin margins, and resistance from the local ANC is often enough to make a restauranteur give up and look elsewhere.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post here at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | October 25, 2010; 1:02 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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