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“We’ve seen a dramatic improvement in our neighborhood,” said Laurie Collins, who spearheaded the ban campaign in Mount Pleasant when she was an advisory neighborhood commissioner.

“We have less garbage on the street. We hardly ever see beer bottles around,” Mrs. Collins said. “The yards are cleaner. There aren’t any drunks [and] they used to be part of our landscape. They used to be urinating and defecating all over our neighborhood.”

Veronica West, owner of the El West clothier on Mount Pleasant Street, said she can see a difference right outside her shop window.

“We used to have people hang around that corner all the time, and we don’t have that anymore,” said Miss West, 37. “I miss them, though. They were nice drunks.”

Still, she said she doesn’t miss the beer bottles lining the street or the petty crimes committed by the drunks.

Mrs. Collins and Mr. Fenty stressed that not a single liquor store or mom-and-pop corner market in Mount Pleasant has gone out of business. But the business owners say the drop in sales was sharp and long-lasting.

“We lost more than $2,000 or $3,000 a month,” said Esther Hwang, 52, owner of Sambar Market on Mount Pleasant Street. “The neighborhood wanted us to keep selling [single beers]. Only the ANC people kept bothering us.”

While some Mount Pleasant homeowners welcomed the ban, others blamed an influx of wealthier residents for trying to sanitize the neighborhood’s street culture.

“People hang out on the street because that’s what people do. There’s nothing wrong with that,” said Judith Anderson, 62, a retired high school librarian and longtime Mount Pleasant resident. “It was never a problem, but that depends on your definition of a problem.”

Miss Anderson called the single-beer ban a “yuppie thing.”