Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
Today’s photo, Martin Luther King Memorial was taken by Luis Gomez Photos.
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The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21.
Sanitation services (including trash and recycling collections and street and alley cleaning) will be suspended for the day. However, parking enforcement for safety and “Emergency No Parking” restrictions will occur due to inauguration activities. All services will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, January 22.
- Trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week.
- In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.
- DPW will suspend enforcement of expired meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions.
- Booting and abandoned vehicle removal will be suspended.
- Ticketing and towing will take place for all safety restrictions, e.g., bus stops, driveways, hydrants, and crosswalks, and emergency no parking areas.
- Throughout the District, vehicles parked where “Emergency No Parking” signs are posted will be towed.
- Full enforcement resumes Tuesday, January 22.
For more information, visit the DC DPW website.
This is the first King Day that the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is open — and it is worth visiting if you have yet to do so (and is still worth a return visit this weekend.) The Post’s Going Out Guide offers a range of activities and events for the weekend. I’d wager all are more appropriate than using the holiday to sell more beer, ahem — you know who you are.
In the neighborhood: At the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW: Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Program. Commemorate the contributions of this dynamic Civil Rights Activist at the African American Civil War Museum. This event is free.
For those of you who have Monday off, I’d check out Bobby McFerrin’s “Let Freedom Ring” concert at the Kennedy Center. However you choose to honor Dr. King and his legacy, it will almost certainly be an improvement over how Virgina schoolchildren of my particular age grew up knowing the holiday… as Lee-Jackson-King Day.
Yes, as in Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, Confederate generals in the Civil War. Their birthdays fell close to the day and I believe the particular story I was told was that it was already a holiday for them, and happened to coincide with the new King holiday so they just tacked it on – nothing personal (Wikipedia indicates I was lied to as a child.) I’ll close with noting it is now known on Virginia school calendars as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sigh.
The DC Department of Public Works is observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 16. As a result, there will be no trash and recycling collections. Parking regulations will not be enforced either.
In once-a-week collection neighborhoods, collections will “slide” to the next day. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day.
As for parking enforcement, there is no enforcement of parking meters, residential parking, and rush hour lane violations. DPW also will not tow abandoned vehicles. Parking enforcement will resume Tuesday, January 17.
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D.C. Council Race: Dickson in, what about Weaver?
The April 26 special election to fill an At-Large D.C. Council seat is getting more interesting. Logan Circle resident and realtor Wayne Dickson told The Washington Post last week that he is definitely in the race (14th & You has more on Dickson and his entry). We happened upon Dickson Sunday at the Q Street entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro stop. He told Borderstan that he has 15 people out collecting petitions; you need 3,000 valid voter signatures to get on the ballot.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at 10:30 am at the African American Civil War Memorial, U Street and Vermont Avenue NW.
The memorial is part of the the African American Civil War Museum at 12th and U Streets NW.