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A Petition Against a D.C. 7-11 and the Crypto-Classism of NIMBYism

#NewDC yuppies move to stop a 7-11 from opening in a gentrifying neighborhood they’d never have touched 15 years ago. But they’re really objecting to its customer type.
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Fourteenth Street NW in Washington, D.C., is a major boundary line for change in the city. At one point in the not-too-distant past, the young professionals who have flocked to the District over the last decade and a half would not have thought to venture east of 14th. Now, it’s the epicenter for the city’s schmancy restaurants and tawdry condo buildings.

Some of the residents of those condos don’t care too much for the thought of the decidedly not-fancy commercial tenant coming to the storefront at 2300 14th Street NW: a 7-Eleven mart. In fact, they residents have launched a petition asking 7-Eleven to kindly open its store somewhere else.