Yesterday, Kojo had an excellent program on “The Future of Georgetown.” I fired off an email, asking about the possibility of a new indie bookstore.
Below is the transcript.
By the way, I’m now wondering if Politics and Prose will land in this new spot. They’re planning on a second location, so who knows?
You have a very specific question from Jay in Alexandria, "Please ask if and when Georgetown will get an indie bookstore to replace the Barnes & Noble on M Street."
I don't think I know, Jay, if this is setup.
It's a plant. It's a plant.
It must be a plant. Kojo, we're working really hard now with the community, taking advantage of the new crowd source funding laws that Congress passed recently to buy a building -- have the community buy a building, specifically to deal with the same issue that you were just mentioning about the cost of space for restaurants. It's also prohibitively expensive for an independent bookstore to rent in Georgetown today.
But we will all recognize that we need a large full-service bookstore, coffee shop, third place, a place that's not home or work where people can gather in the community. So we've identified at least one property, possibly a backup, and we're gonna be launching a campaign to buy that building -- have the community buy that building to lease it to an independent bookstore. Hopefully, we'll be announcing this sometime in early September.
Jay, you could have blown me over with a feather. I thought for sure we'd have him stumped with your question, but they were ready for it. On now to Richard in Fairfax, Va...