Local News/Neighborhoods

"Fitness Tax" draws protest at Wilson Building

On the 3rd of June, staffers and customers from several gyms showed up in front of the Wilson Building to oppose the extension of sales taxes to gyms and health clubs, calling it the "fitness tax." They complained about getting only 18 hours notice of the proposal, one that sank the last time it was introduced.

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Jim Graham and Fox News trying to close DC General family shelter

On May 13, Faux News ran a feature segment starring Jim Graham calling for closing the shelter for homeless families with children at DC General. It was one of the ugliest "reports" I have seen on Faux in years.

Opponents of turning McMillan Park to condos and offices protest at zoning hearing

On the 13th of May, DC residents opposing filling in city-owned McMillan Park with condos and offices protested outside the Zoning commission, then packed the hearing.

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A banner outside the zoning commission

Video: bike racers train under the cherry blossoms

44 sec video of bike racers training under the cherry trees at Haines Point

Footage of DC area bike racers training under the cherry blossoms on their first or second day open. As of two days later WTOP Radio reported crowds so heavy this was no longer possible, at least at the noon hours reported by them.

Empower DC takes over open house for Union Station rebuild project

The multibillion dollar redevelopment plan for Union Station includes an ugly extra: an "Interim plan" to park idling inter-city busses at Crummel School, in Ivy City. Many residents there already have asthma. On the 15th of August, over half of particpants in an "open house" at Union Station about the proposed "master plan" were from Empower DC.

 

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Adams Morgan Mural - big file to test

New mural in AdMo to test size limit

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