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SYMHM: No Pants, Bike Lane Tickets, History Experts Needed

DC Police are promising to issue more tickets to people in park in bike lanes. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Maggie Barron. You can reach her at maggie@borderstan.com or on Twitter @maggiebarron.

More Tickets for Blocking Bike Lanes

With new bike lanes (hopefully) on their way, it looks like Policy Chief Cathy Lanier is on board to support them. “We’ve quadrupled the number of tickets we’ve issued for people who block bike lanes,” she told WTOP in an interview last Thursday. Lanier says that they issued 2000 tickets in 2011, but “it’s going to take a while for the culture [shift] to kick in.”

Look Metro, No Pants!

I avoided Metro all weekend due to the single tracking, only to realize that I also missed the 5th annual “No Pants Metro Ride DC.” For those of you unfamiliar with this yearly occasion, run by Capitol Improv, the name is fairly self-explanatory. On Sunday afternoon, several hundred Metro riders boarded trains and rode around without pants on (though PG-13 underwear is encouraged).

During this season of protest, organizers on the event’s Facebook page were quick to remind people that the No Pants Metro Ride is not political. The page says, helpfully, “the point of the day is not to ‘protest pants.’” Good to know. The event came full circle to our neighborhood with an afterparty at Nellie’s.

DC Historic Preservation Review Board Lacks Members

As a history major, I get excited whenever I read about history professionals being in demand. Last year Mayor Vince Gray dragged his feet on nominations for the Historic Preservation Review Board, and it looks like those delays are about to cause some big headaches.  According to City Paper, two of Gray’s nominees have said they don’t want the position.

With other members’ terms expired or expiring, the nine-member board might be left with only one current representative. In a recent letter to the Mayor, Councilmember Tommy Wells reminded him that by law, the board must have experts in history, architectural history, and archeology, or risk losing its federal funding. “With our significant number of landmarks and historic districts, the critical role of the HPRB cannot be overemphasized,” Wells wrote.

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3 Responses to “SYMHM: No Pants, Bike Lane Tickets, History Experts Needed”

  1. Jeanne says:

    So sorry you missed this year’s No Pants Metro Ride. I enjoy your blogs and think that would also make a great subject for you. Maybe next year?

  2. Lance says:

    We should start a ‘draft Paul Williams for an HPRB spot’. He’d be perfect for the board with his architectural history background AND his personal experience with at least several of the District’s central historic districts.

    • Lance says:

      never mind … I just learned he lives in Baltimore … wouldn’t be eligible for this DC board.