• Andrea Bauer
  • Plans to build a pawnshop in this lot at 79th and Western have been withdrawn

In the fight between the people and the pawnshop, the people have won.

“The applicant has withdrawn the application,” a city official announced at the meeting of the zoning board of appeals last Friday—meaning that a proposal to build a new Cash America pawnshop on a vacant lot at the corner of 79th and Western was dead, at least for the time being.

The standing-room-only audience burst into cheering and applause.

The jubilation even prompted smiles among members of the zoning board, no doubt partly out of relief that the matter was settled before they had to weigh in. “Who says democracy doesn’t work?” said board member Sam Toia.