Author Archive for Nick DeSantis

Metro Bad News Roundup: Overtime Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Serial Pooper Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of [...]

Metro Can Do Better, GAO Says

Metro's board doesn't meet frequently enough or spend enough time and energy on planning, and they can't even measure their own performance, a new government audit found.
The Government Accountability Office study of Metro’s governance practices suggests the transit agency’s board needs to conduct more frequent self-assessments and improve its strategic planning efforts to [...]

Will Post Pay for Employing Jose Antonio Vargas?

When journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times, immigration law experts said it was unlikely that Vargas would be deported. (Federal officials aren't required by law to take action against him, though they could.) Instead, he could face civil and criminal penalties for concealing his [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Suspicious Package Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of [...]

New Logo, Same Stadium

Hapless conventioneers, take note: if you’re planning an event in D.C. and don’t know where to turn, the city has created a new brand to help you navigate the murky waters of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Today, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority officially became "Events DC," a new [...]

Adventures in Parenting

Move over, Baltimore. D.C. is the new Charm City.
At least, that’s according to the editors of Parenting magazine, who earlier this week crowned D.C. with the top spot in their 2011 Best Cities for Families list. Astute Parenting readers will note that D.C.’s improvement over last year would make the Nationals and Redskins [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Plan B Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of [...]

Metro Wins!

No, those train brake fumes aren’t making you hallucinate: Metro really did win a gold medal for its trophy case.
On Friday, Metro’s five-person train crew took home the American Public Transit Association’s Rail Transit Team Achievement Award at APTA’s International Rail Rodeo competition. Twelve teams—including transit employees from Denver, San Francisco, [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Motion Sickness Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of [...]

Bikes and Beans, Co-Existing

The space behind Qualia Coffee used to be a drab passageway to an alley running parallel to Georgia Avenue NW. So it made sense that the Petworth coffee shop began hosting The Bike House's weekly bicycle clinics—what else were people going to do in the back yard?
But Qualia opened a new patio behind the shop [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Red Means Stop Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. [...]

Care For a Dip, Your Honor?

With sizzling sun on tap for Memorial Day, D.C.’s political media is turning its thoughts poolside.
And no, that’s not because Thursday’s massive recall on pool drains—issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission—threatened to chase swimmers away from pools faster than a wayward Baby Ruth bar. Thankfully, local watering holes are safe.
“So far, we're not affected [...]

D.C. Drivers: America’s Dumbest!

You know that stereotype about Washington being a city of strivers and overachievers and grade-grubbers?
It doesn't apply behind the wheel.
An annual traffic-rules survey has ranked D.C. 51st in the country when it comes to driver know-how. The test asked 20 questions that commonly appear on the written portions of drivers' license exams–including questions asking for [...]

“Hell No, We Won’t Go to Ward 7″

With the first vote on the city’s new redistricted ward map set for Thursday, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and his supporters brought bullhorns to Lincoln Park last night to protest the proposed 17th Street dividing line that would send the eastern edge of Capitol Hill into Ward 7.
As Housing Complex's Lydia DePillis has pointed [...]

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