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Ward 5 “Dumping Ground” Argument Goes Down in Court

Nightclubs, bus depots, trash dumps—Ward 5 seems to have more than its fair share of seedy businesses, an issue that has long had residents lamenting their ward's status as a "dumping ground." Whether that perception is true or not, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled today that the "dumping ground" argument  won't stand up in court.

The dumping ground gets a drubbing in the case of Ward 5 resident Don Padou, who fought the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and storied Washington strip club Stadium Club to prevent the exotic dancing parlor from getting its liquor license renewed. When the license was renewed anyway, Padou claimed that the ABC Board hadn't considered the strip club's impact on, among other things, Ward 5's dumping ground reputation.

Unluckily for Padou and luckily for the dancers, though, the Court of Appeals ruling describes any effect on the dumping ground reputation as only "hypothetical," and ruled that Stadium Club can still sell booze.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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