Posts Tagged ‘Greater Greater Washington’

The Needle: Letters for Elephants

An Elephant Never Forgets a Letter: Washingtonian is running letters kids sent to elephants, and they're sweet. +3
Adios, Examiner: The end of the Washington Examiner as we've known it provokes a nice remembrance from the paper's Timothy Carney. +3

The Needle: Peak Greater Greater Washington Achieved

Series of Tubes: The smart growth ouroboros has finally eaten itself. Greater Greater Washington, caught between mandating inscrutable CAPTCHA phrases in its comment or succumbing to spam, has found a clever way out. Starting today, commenters on the site have to answer questions about the Metro system to prove that they're human. +3
Paper Chase: Living [...]

The Needle: Doing Fine in Zone 9 Edition

Blue Line Blues: Everyone who rides Metro daily probably thinks the line they take is the worst one in the system. But unless they ride the Blue line, they're wrong. A new Metro study finds the worst on-time performance is on the Blue line, where 12.8 percent of trains were delayed. Best performance? The Orange [...]

The Needle: Better Draw a District Edition

Gerrymandering for the People: Census figures out yesterday meant two things—one, the decennial shock that the city's demographics changed, and two, we now know what wards need to grow or shrink as the city redistricts its political boundaries. (Alas, we also know that despite gaining nearly 30,000 residents, we will continue to have a grand [...]

Last Train Home?

When it comes to late-night weekend ridership, Metro's most popular stops are not surprising: Dupont Circle, U Street, and Gallery Place. (If that raw data's hard to grasp, Greater Greater Washington made this very handy graph.) While that's probably not all late-night revelers, all those stops are inside the District—so some District officials don't want [...]

Biking While Black?

"It's not that deep," says Veronica Davis. "All I said was black people don't like the cold."
But the blog post in which the Greater Greater Washington contributor (and Life in the Village blogger) made that observation brought on some criticism. "I was basically called racist," Davis says. In her Monday post, Davis sought [...]

The Needle: Rain, Rain, Go Away Edition

Now That It's Raining More Than Ever: First, we need to preface this item by saying we do know there's nothing more annoying than breathless news reports telling you what the weather's doing. You know what the weather's like! You have windows! That said... Have you noticed it's been raining? The District, predictably, fell to [...]

NTSB’s Metro Crash Report: Should We Blame The Metro Board?

By now, you have at least skimmed the stories on the NTSB's findings concerning the fatal Metro crash. Before we forget about the NTSB's report until the next crash, let's take a moment to debate whether we should put some of the blame on the Metro Board. The only thing the board knows how to [...]

UPDATED: Bloggers on Yesterday’s Summit With Catoe: No Indication He Was Resigning

Yesterday John Catoe, the suddenly retiring general manager of Metro, sat down with 11 local bloggers, including folks from Greater Greater Washington, We Love DC, and Prince of Petworth. Some of these people have already written up their meetings.
"I'm a little dumbfounded," says We Love DC's Tom Bridge of Catoe's resignation. "We had no indication [...]

More on Why Words Matter: The Examiner Says D.C. Suburbs Are Becoming “Ghettos”

Since it's been established here, here, and here that terminology matters, it seems worth pointing out the screaming language on the front page of the Washington Examiner yesterday: "Suburban dreams turn into ghettoes." The headline inside the paper said: "Foreclosure crisis creating suburban slums."
The story by Bill Myers and David Sherfinski began:
Two years of economic [...]

D.C.’s “Dirty Secret”: Rule by Apartheid?

Katie Connolly over at Newsweek offered some thoughts the other day on the nature of race and class in D.C. after City Paper's Sexist, Amanda Hess, blogged about why the District has the lowest marriage rate in the nation. Among them: This city is ruled by apartheid.

“Ghetto”: Just What Do You Mean by That?

Greater Greater Washington, in an interesting blog post the other day, delved into the use of the word "ghetto" in part in response to the heated online discussion that ensued over a mural that went up in Bloomingdale earlier this year.
After a neighborhood blog pictured the mural of "Boxer Girl," a black woman clad [...]

Maryland Delegate Reads Blogs, Tries to Influence Rock Creek Park

Maryland State Del. Bill Frick (D-Montgomery County) sent a letter Monday to the superintendent of Rock Creek Park as an appeal to close Beach Drive to car traffic for an extended period. Currently, the park road popular with cyclists, Rollerbladers, runners, etc., opens at 7 p.m. That's all well and good when it's winter, but [...]

Our Morning Roundup: The Power of Rush

Good morning City Desk readers, and happy Freedom Friday. Before we get started, I'd remind you all that John Pinette performs this weekend at the DC Improv, Cool Papa's Party run for just one more week at MetroStage, and David Plotz–former Washington City Paper man and current editor in chief of Slate–reads from and signs [...]

Our Morning Round-Up: The Day After Average Day

Good morning, City Desk readers. Did y'all enjoy your average day? Check out our average day tag to read yesterday's reporting experiment in full. Now for Freedom Friday:

George Mason University's economics department (known for its unquantifiable love of freedom) is losing the very smart Peter T. Leeson to the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory [...]