Friday, April 4, 2014

Where Are DC's Corner Stores?

Originally Printed/Posted in the Washington City Paper on February 26, 2014

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Sure, you know the place down the block from you, and maybe the one a couple of streets over. And the one by your friend’s house where you sometimes stop by to pick up a six-pack on your way to visit. But how many corner stores are there in the District, all told?

Defining them is more art than science, but here’s a stab at systematically identifying all of D.C.’s businesses that fit the bill. Each of these establishments has an active retail license to sell alcohol, cigarettes, groceries, and/or food products, in a building and property of less than 10,000 square feet, located within 150 feet of a zone that allows residential development. Chain grocery stores and pharmacies don’t count, nor do gas stations.

That adds up to more than 500 stores. Quite a few of their names give deference to “The Corner” (Charlie’s Corner, Cookie’s Corner, Cornercopia) or to the intersecting streets that form the corner (18th & D Liquors) or both (11-M Corner Market). Many are joint ventures: P&C, B&M, K&H (and just about every other possible permutation), Stop & Go, Me & My, Night N Day.

This map shows where these corner stores are located and identifies some of the neighborhoods blessed with the highest concentrations of such establishments. The densest stretch? A strip near Kennedy Street and Georgia Avenue NW, with one store for every 170 residents of the surrounding blocks.

2 comments:

  1. A disorganized and gaudy looking store is not usually going to attract many customers to buy either on the high street or online. Your online store template has to be designer to be pleasing to your potential customers as well as providing them with everything they need to make their decisions and have a pleasant shopping experience. online store template

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  2. Chris - how did you get this data together? Would love to toy around with more of this data if its available on OpenData (I looked but didn't see anything pop out immediately)

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