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What is stupid is that DC permitted 1 person to own a significant amount of the gas stations in DC (all the exxon stations) along with the distribution system in dc.
Along with taxes, this is the big reason why DC pays the most for gas in nation.
Joe Mamo is his name and you can read the story here:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40430/joe-mamo-dc-gas-station-master/full/

He wants to convert all of those stations to property.
Big problem is that its not easy to build new gas stations in DC.
So if he had his way, almost everyone in DC would have to go to MD and VA to get gas because there would hardly be enough gas stations left in DC.

So if he had his way, almost everyone in DC would have to go to MD and VA to get gas because there would hardly be enough gas stations left in DC.

If he can make more money that way - addressing the desire of the market - isn't that just capitalism? The government has a role in breaking up monopolies, but less so in creating negative licenses (a requirement to provide only one use).

"One more thing, the bill doesn't apply to all gas stations.... the current change to the language would only mean that a full-service station couldn't be turned into a condo. But it doesn't appear to apply to nonfull service station."

Step 1: Convert full-service gas station to self-service gas station (assuming that a board with no members can't stop that).

Step 2: Turn self-service gas station into condos.


I have some trouble visualizing the gas station-condo conversion, but, being of an apocalyptic turn of mind, I like the idea of all the tankage.

Perhaps they're really small condos.

Actually, the Board is needed to get an exemption. It's unclear to me if the Mayor can grant one without their recommendation.

I think we need a hobby shop, drug store (preferably with lunch counter), shoe repair, delicatessen, newspaper/candy store (with Spaldeens, and egg creams), 5 & 10, camera store, and stationers, preservation act. I don't trust a retail establishment you can't identify by smell.

I continue to believe that the correct way to do this is to amend the real property statute to create a gas station preservation easement, and then allow gas station owners to either sell them to preservationists, or donate them to whatever NGO will accept them (and take a tax deduction).

Remember: Fifty years from now you might think we need a Bike Station preservation act.

I'm already disappointed that not one of the smartbikes made it into the Smithshonian's American History Museum for their transportation display. America's first bikeshare!

Fifty years from now I might be nostalgic for many aspects of earthly existence, but probably not.

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