"The Music Will Go On": Metro PCS Store Able To Play Go-Go Music Again After Protest & Petition
The store’s owner and neighbors will reportedly compromise on a volume level for the music.
After the owner of a Metro PCS store in D.C. was forced to stop playing go-go music from his storefront because of complaints from nearby residents, he is now able to play the music again.
Donald Campbell was able to play go-go music outside of his Metro PCS store in the Shaw neighborhood again after protests and petitions that came as a result of neighbors complaining about how loud the music was. The petition, titled “Don’t Mute DC’s Go-Go Music and Culture,” received close to 65,000 signatures, while a rally of protesters shut down 14th and U streets, with Wale even appearing during the protest.
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“I’ve looked into this issue myself and the music should NOT stop in D.C.! @TMobile and @MetroByTMobile are proud to be part of the Shaw community — the music will go on and our dealer will work with the neighbors to compromise volume,” John Legere, chief executive of T-Mobile U.S., said in a tweet to The Washington Post.
I’ve looked into this issue myself and the music should NOT stop in D.C.! @TMobile and @MetroByTMobile are proud to be part of the Shaw community – the music will go on and our dealer will work with the neighbors to compromise volume. https://t.co/qXvwzmc24E
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) April 10, 2019
Previously, Campbell was told that he had to stop playing go-go music from a higher-up at T-Mobile (the wireless network operator acquired Metro PCS back in 2012) after a resident threatened the company with a lawsuit. Campbell then started playing the music only in his store.
Campbell claimed that the resident who threatened to sue lives in The Shay, a nearby luxury mixed-use development. The building, which was developed by JBG Smith (JBG retains ownership of the retail but they sold the residential component at The Shay back in 2015), issued a statement saying that it is “not involved in any action regarding the Metro PCS store. The opinion of a purported resident is theirs alone and does not represent The Shay, or the entirety of its residents or management.”