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Meeting to discuss rat problem in 14th Street corridor

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 4:49am  ET

WASHINGTON - Over the years, the D.C. area has seen peace summits and nuclear arms summits, but the summit planned in the District Thursday night might make you wrinkle your nose.

The meeting will discuss rats, and what many people along the 14th Street corridor see as a big-time increase in the number of them.

"Some of them are sizes as big as squirrels and some of them almost as big as cats," Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner John Fanning told ABC 7 in September.

Construction on developments in the area may be behind the increase, Fanning told ABC 7.

"Because of the demolition and the noise of the construction equipment, they're looking for new homes," he says.

So, area residents and city officials, including those from the Departments of Health and Public Works, will gather at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 7 p.m. to talk about ways to tackle the problem.

"Our neighborhood is more vibrant than ever with population growth and many new businesses attracting visitors and tourists. Logan Circle is a tremendous success story, but with progress comes new problems. One that we're increasingly hearing about is the rodent population," the organizers posted on the event's website.

For more information about the event, visit the Advisory Neighborhood Commission's website.

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