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SYMHM: The Weekend Roundup

by Borderstan.com — April 4, 2011 at 5:00 am 0

DC taxicab, Luis Gomez Photos, Flickr, Borderstan

Will D.C. go to a taxicab medallion system? (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Bye Bye Blue Boxes

We heard a while back that the Post Office at 14th and T Streets NW is bidding us adieu. In the same vein, if you’ve wondering why it’s not always easy, it’s because the blue mailboxes have also been slowly disappearing all over town, as DCist reports. It’s apparently been quite subtle — 194 boxes have already been removed and we haven’t really noticed (which obviously justifies the course of action). No, they’re not going away all together, but you may have to work a little harder to find one.

Medallion System for D.C. Taxicabs?

And speaking of going away, are taxis the next to thing to decrease in numbers? WTOP brings us the story about the D.C. Council’s consideration of requiring all taxis to have a special medallion that would allow them to operate in the District. Not only would it limit the number of cabs that we have, but it could also bring in $200 to $400 million to the government. Stay tuned for more info about this one.

Seriously Sad about the Circulator

Moving right along the in the transportation vein, there were some unhappy customers with the recent Circulator changes that went into effect on Friday, as a video from WAMU points out. The Washington Post tell us that there was due to infrequent usage of the Smithsonian-National Gallery of Art line, after a winter break hiatus, the D.C. Department of Transportation decided to eliminate the route. The Union Station-Navy Yard route will see extended hours while several stops in the Waterfront area will be relocated on the Convention Center-Southwest Waterfront route. More changes may be imminent.

Farm Fresh Food on Fourteenth!

Looking for a new place on the 14th Street NW corridor? Look no further! As  U Street Girl tell us, Smucker Farms is coming to town, setting up show at 14th and W Streets NW. A farm to market store from southeast Pennsylvania, they offer everything from grass fed beef to dairy products to organic fruits and vegetables. They expect to have set up shop by the end of the month. You can find them on Twitter @smuckerfarmsdc.

Time to Tax

Our Mayor has a lot on his plate, and a budget shortfall is certainly right up there. And we all know what that means — taxes are going up. But luckily, most of us won’t really notice. The Washington Examiner shares the proposed plan, which is expected to raise some revenue from parking garages that are mainly used by commuters from outside of the District, and large corporations who thought they were so close by setting up camp outside of D.C. to file in states where taxes are less. Gray recently mentioned that he doesn’t “envision” increases on income, property or sales taxes. We’ll hold our breaths on that one.

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