by October 19, 2008 at 8:33 am 1,272 0

Western view of the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph a Day.)

Esquire magazine has made its own list of the “10 Worst Members of Congress” and “10 Best Members of Congress.” 

I’m posting these links because we live in Washington and… well, many of us in Borderstan are political geeks even if we don’t work on The Hill or for lobbying firms.

But, not to worry: is NOT going into political advocacy. There are plenty of Democrats and Republicans on both lists.

by October 19, 2008 at 8:14 am 3,389 0

Check out DCBlogs (it’s now linked in the right column under “News Aggregators”). Blogs are listed here by in 24–YES, 24–different categories. Here’s a blurb about DCBlogs the FAQ section from the editors:

The main page is a news site. It reports on topics raised by bloggers, changes in the DC blogging community, as well as bring new blogs to the attention of readers. We’re always on the hunt for interesting content and suggestions are encouraged — let us know about your work or the work of other writers that you think we should be making a note of. Just write [email protected] If you would like to join the ranks of regular contributors.

by October 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm 0

On October 6, the DC city government announced an expansion of its recycling program. From the release:

Mayor Adrian Fenty announced that starting today Department of Public Works recycling collection crews will accept an expanded list of items for recycling, especially plastics. Now residents can recycle film plastics like grocery, produce, and dry cleaning bags, as well as aerosol cans and a variety of rigid plastic including plastic lawn furniture, toys and flower pots.

Read entire release.

by October 9, 2008 at 9:35 pm 0

Posting Wednesday at dcist:

This coming Monday is Columbus Day, which is technically a federal holiday. That being the case, WMATA has announced as it always does that it will be following a holiday schedule for the day, meaning the Metrorail system will operate on a modified Saturday schedule, opening at 5 a.m. and closing at midnight. In other words, there won’t be any peak service during rush hour. But how many of you actually have Monday off? More of you than, say, get Veterans Day off? About the same? We’re curious.

by October 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm 1,077 0

Image courtesy of Greater Greater Washington

Image courtesy of Greater Greater Washington

Greater Greater Washington (GGW) has a good post today on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) review of D.C. city bus lines:

WMATA is comprehensively reviewing many of its bus lines, such as the S1/2/4 lines on 16th. They recently announced another round of reviews including the very complex D1/2/3/4/5/6 buses. When evaluating these buses, WMATA should keep in mind a very simple principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS). Our bus map is hugely complex, and as a result, most people only know the one or two lines that they take every day to commute. Everyone else avoids buses, except maybe the Circulator.

by October 5, 2008 at 8:52 pm 0

The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center.

Mount Vernon Square, 801 K Street NW: The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center. (Photo from Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

From Logan Circle News, here is a look at events this week at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, located at Mount Vernon Square:

  • Through December 15–“Riots Are the Language of the Unheard,” photos, video artifacts from 1968.
  • Through December 15–Frank Smith–art with roots in the ’60s.
  • Through October 15–Latino Art Beat: winning artwork of aspiring high school students.
  • PRESENTE–the D.C. Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as seen through photos, articles and memorabilia.
  • Thursday, October 9–film, “Calle 54,” featuring 90 minutes of Latin Jazz.
  • Saturday, October 11–film, “Artists of the Harlem Renaissance.”
  • Saturday, October 11–workshop, “Creating Autobiographical and Historical Plays” (registration required and $10 fee).
  • Saturday, October 11–film and discussion, “No! The Rape Documentary.”
  • Sunday, October 12–lecture, “The Making of the American Capital,” with author Fergus Bordewich.

More Information

  • All events at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, are free unless otherwise indicated.
  • The society is located at 801 K Street NW, at Mount Vernon Square.
  • For more details, visit the Historical Society Web site or call (202 383)1850.

by September 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm 0

From Greater Greater Washington… sorry for not posting this sooner. You can still catch the second day, Sunday, of the special walking tours of Washington, D.C. This link opens a PDF map of the walking tours: walkingtownfall08

This weekend is WalkingTown DC, full of free walking (and biking) tours all across the city.

Here are some of the tours that catch my eye. Except for the Florida Market one, I haven’t been on them, so I can’t vouch for them. Still, it’s hard to go wrong with a WalkingTown tour.

Explore Florida Market: I went on this tour last winter, hosted by Richard Layman and Frozen Tropics. It’s a glimpse of a side of DC most people never see. You tour DC’s largest functioning wholesale food market and see the stores that also sell retail, where you can buy food items just like the restaurants do. It’s also facing substantial development pressure. Will new mixed-use development be able to coexist with a working wholesale market? 9-11 am at New York Ave Metro (outside Florida Ave exit).

Read entire post.

by September 18, 2008 at 9:16 am 0

From the Dupont Forum:

The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) will partner with embassies from various Latin American countries to offer engaging entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. At 1:00 p.m., the film, “Under the Same Moon,” will be shown in the theater. This film follows the parallel stories of a nine-year-old boy named Carlitos and his mother Rosario. Rosario wants nothing more than to provide the best life possible for her son. To that end, she is working illegally in the United States while her mother cares for Carlitos in Mexico.

Some unexpected circumstances arise that cause both Rosario and Carlitos to try to reunite with one another. Naturally, they both face plenty of challenges along the way, but never losing sight of the end goal–being together again. For more information contact the Office on Latino Affairs at (202) 617-2825.

A program collaboration of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) and The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

by August 13, 2008 at 6:43 pm 0

You can now rent a bike in D.C. the same way you can rent a car for a few hours or a day. You may have seen the bike rack on the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets near the Reeves Municipal Building for SmartBike DC. The Washington Post has an article today.

  • More from today’s Washington Post:”SmartBike DC will rent 120 bikes at 10 self-service racks mostly in the downtown area, including near the Gallery Place, Shaw and Judiciary Square Metrorail stations. A $40 annual fee gets riders a membership card, which allows them to pick up a cherry red three-speed bike. Then it’s time to tool around the city for up to three hours. Those who want to keep going can pick up another bike; there’s no limit on the number of trips.”

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