Posts Tagged ‘Union Station’

The Needle: The Members of Congress Among Us

 
Above the Traffic: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sent a letter to the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) asking it to get a plan together to address traffic congestion in front of Union Station because her office has received complaints "from residents, Members of Congress, congressional staff and bus companies that they are missing trains or having to [...]

Don’t Rename Union Station for Truman. Rename These Places.

The senators from Missouri—Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R)—are introducing legislation today that would rename Union Station after President Harry Truman, the 33rd president who just so happens to be from the Show-Me-State.
Union Station is federal property, so these senators are well within their rights to try and rename it. But we think they [...]

The Needle: Paper Moon

It's Only a Paper Moon: The pop-up house seen around the District on 11th and V Street NW added a few stories to its roof and grandly named itself after Ella Fitzgerald. -3
Leaving the Station: The iconic B. Smith's restaurant will close in Union Station, though the restaurant's owner is planning to open new eateries in the [...]

The Needle: For the Ducks

Quack Quack: Somebody helped some ducks cross Pennsylvania Avenue. +3
Re-Union Station: The construction in front of Union Station is almost finished. +4

The Needle: Hail to the Wineskins

Hogs: Post columnist Robert McCartney and other Pigskins fans are unhappy about rowdy, drunk spectators at FedEx Field. -2
Homicide Watch Watch: Murder-tracking site Homicide Watch is expanding to Chicago. But what about Grizzly Watch? +2

Union Station Barnes & Noble Closing

Ah, the charms of the mega bookstore. Shelves and shelves of options, actual room to browse through them (I'm looking at you, Kramerbooks!), and the inexplicable tolerance for people who just read all day without paying.
That special experience will now be a little less available in the D.C. area, because the Barnes & Noble in [...]

Photo: Knights of Columbus

Unit block of Massachusetts Ave, NE.  Oct. 8th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

Photos: Union Station

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Photo: Big Kiss

Union Station.  © 2011 Matt Dunn

Metro Bad News Roundup: Wheelchair Riding, Marshmallow Peeps 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. As a public service, [...]

Metro Masturbator Spotted—Again

Life for Metrorail customers seems be getting quite savage these days. If the cell phone snatchings and in-car fighting wasn't bad enough, the subway seems to be in the throes of a public masturbation boom.
The most recent complaint about this issue comes, via Hollaback DC, from a woman who was catching the Red Line from [...]

The Needle: Frozen Edition

The Ice of the Inner Loop: Take one part rush hour, one part severe cold snap, one part aging infrastructure, mix gently, and what do you get? Chaos. A water main burst near Central Avenue early this morning, leaving several lanes of the Beltway under water—which, in the delightful Arctic cold that descended on the [...]

Derailed, Delayed, and a Mad Dash to Stand and Wait at Union Station

While I’m not sure if there’s standard operating procedure for what should happen after two trains collide in the Union Station railyard, there’s certainly some things that train personnel shouldn’t do when dealing with anxious and agitated passengers caught up in the delays. Although the morning train collision was minor—7 were hurt, however—the effects were [...]

The Needle: Plácido, We Hardly Knew You Edition

Adios, Plácido: Local opera company seeks new artistic director and general director. Tenor singing voice, fluency in Spanish a plus; must not enjoy long walks on the beach, at least not if the beach is in Los Angeles. For that's where Plácido Domingo has fled Washington National Opera for, after 14 years in D.C., the [...]

Infamous Larry Craig Men’s Room Under Renovation

In a city where national history plays out in the oddest of places, it's worth noting that the nasty men's room on Union Station's Amtrak concourse is under renovation. Why? That's the venue where then-U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican, was accused of engaging in oral sex with another man in 2004.
While blogger Mike [...]

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