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Rob Halligan, president of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, also said the clubs would only add to an area already saturated with establishments that serve alcohol.

“I don’t know if that would be the best use of the space,” he said.

Mr. Graham emphasized that putting the clubs under the circle is “the germ of an idea.”

“But it would depend on the community’s [input]. You have to have an engagement process,” he said.