Arts Desk

Does Go-Go Hurt Property Values?

Earlier this week, WAMU's DCentric blog interviewed me about my story about punk and go-go shows. In that piece, I reported that it took Eckington residents a year to shut down a punk venue, and just a week to quash a go-go show, as WAMU's Anne Hoffman nicely summarizes it.  And that conversation got me thinking: Do musicians hurt or help property values?

Economist Richard Florida argues that a high concentration of musicians is not only good for individual neighborhoods, but boosts the economy of entire cities. I wonder if D.C. neighborhoods, by pushing go-go venues to the 'burbs, could actually be depressing, rather than protecting, their property values. After all, go-go is perhaps D.C.'s biggest export after bureaucracy. (On the other hand, a rowdy club down the street does have a way of repelling prospective home buyers.)

In any case, I'll be tuning into the Kojo Nnamdi Show today at 1 p.m., to hear their report on the history of go-go.

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  1. #1

    Sad to say but GoGo's do nothing to help the property value of a community. Its not the music however, it is the crowd. Now Grown folks gogo with a crowd over 30 can help the community but not the young folks gogo.
    They dont know how to act and its too much violence. Once again, its not the music, its the crowd.

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