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Hungry for Whole Foods

“The hunger of some residents for the cachet of Whole Foods is stirring unease among working-class residents who worry they will be forced out by new affluence and among longtime retailers who are struggling with rising rents and sagging sales… ‘It would be more beneficial for the whole community if some of those lobbying for Whole Foods were to devote their energy to supporting the Columbia Heights farmers market,’ said Elizabeth McIntire, a longtime neighborhood activist, referring to a farmers market suspended by all the construction activity.”