Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Farewell to the Warehouse

Sadly, the Warehouse is closing its doors this weekend, a victim of a killer property tax increase. The farewell party is this weekend; see this post in DCist for details.

I think this is a bigger loss to the neighborhood than the also-imminent closing of AV Ristorante--of the stygian gloom and mediocre 1950s-style Eyetalian food. The Warehouse had a sweet funky feel and was one of the few places in DC that didn't feel somehow, well, "processed". (The old, and long-gone, DC Space was another.)

What chaps me about it is that the DC government agency--Office of Tax and Revenue--that is destroying a genuine neighborhood cultural treasure is the same agency that can't manage to properly classify--let alone collect taxes on--the thousands of vacant, derelict properties that litter this city. So it will now create another empty store front across from the underused Convention Center that will languish for who knows how long until it's replaced with another soulless office building with a "historic" fa├žade. Maybe if we're real lucky, we'll get a Potbelly's or Hooters to lure the convention crowd.

Shame on the District government and shame on the Council for their failure to find a way to protect legitimate small businesses from punitive taxation, while giving the slumlords a free pass!


At 7/24/2007 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not have said it better, Daddy!!! It is outrageous - I could feel my blood starting to boil when reading and agreeing with your post.....(of course, until i got to the part about Hooters, which made me laugh out loud!!) ....how could any small business owner feel comfortable opening a business in DC when a tax increase could drive them out of business any time?!?!? for that matter, why would bigger businesses subject themselves to such caprice either?!

At 7/24/2007 4:50 PM, Blogger Mari said...

What do you expect from a socialist city that will run over the middling classes to try to attack the rich? I can imagine the Council hearings should they even entertain the idea of a 10% or 20% commerical property cap, 'what? you're going to take valuable tax dollars from social programs to support business?' The city grudgingly gives residential homeowners a break (believe me if they could take away your homestead exemption, they would), we see it is ruthless with business, regardless if it is a mom & pop or a chain.

At 7/24/2007 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i agree but Warehouse did not exactly try hard. compare their efforts to stay here with Bens on U St which got a lobbying campaign going and even had apprearences on the news.

At 7/25/2007 6:38 PM, Anonymous Alexander M. Padro said...

Clarification: Warehouse Cafe and Bar are closing. Warehouse Theater and Gallery will continue to operate at this location.

--Alexander M. Padro
Executive Director
Shaw Main Streets

At 7/26/2007 7:56 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

Why not spend the weekend celebrating the Warehouse, which is hosting several shows as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. On July 29 come see the Performance Art piece - 69 Ways to Fall in LOVE - the Warehouse Arts Mainstage at Noon. http://www.solobass.org/69ways.html

Indulge in the sublime ecstasy of Dionysian bliss! Surround yourself in rich Music, Dance and Poetry as we join Cupid in an exploration of LOVE.
Tickets $15 through http://www.capfringe.org

At 8/01/2007 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, did you like the food there? The worst food ever (packaged too boot); uncomforable seats (Couch? Hello.) and so-so service. I won't miss it.

I'm suprised you are fond of that cafe. what am i missing?

At 8/06/2007 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DaddyFiveOh, My name's Bernie and I'm a reporter for the NW Current. Would be interested in speaking with you further on this matter. Please email me at berniebecker3@yahoo.com today (Monday 8/6) if you get a chance. Thanks.


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