Gallery Place Business Owners Say Teenagers are Hurting their Bottom Line | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Gallery Place Business Owners Say Teenagers are Hurting their Bottom Line

Play associated audio

By Cathy Carter

Business owners in the District's Gallery Place neighborhood say unruly teenagers are costing them customers. Now, they're fighting back with a high tech weapon.

It's called "the mosquito" and it's annoying, but not to everyone. This mosquito, is a device that emits a high pitched sound that only young ears can hear.

It was recently installed outside the Chinatown entrance to the Gallery Place Metro Station to discourage teens from congregating. Sebastian Zutant owns a restaurant in the neighborhood. He thinks the anti-loitering device is a good idea.

"Anything they can do. I mean it's just absurd. You know, I have an outdoor patio, they're constantly harassing all of my patrons, it's just a really icky situation, that anything they can do to get out of it would be fantastic."

Gallery Place was the site of a brawl last month that spilled into the Metro. Three teenagers were arrested. Zutant says these types of incidents are driving patrons away.

NPR

From Bond Girl To Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour's Big Break

The actress is best known for her role as Dr. Quinn, the physician on the American frontier. But her big break came years before, when she played 007's tarot-reading love interest in Live and Let Die.
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson

The pediatric neurosurgeon performed pioneering operations on conjoined twins and has never held public office before. Here's what else you might not know.
NPR

A Poker Battle Against A Computer

On this day in 1997, Boris Kasparov, the world's top chess player, faced off against IBM's chess-playing supercomputer, Deep Blue — and lost. This week, professional poker players are trying something similar in Pittsburgh, and they're winning.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.