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Should I Have Really Received a Ticket For This? You Tell Me

Should I Have Really Received a Ticket For This?  You Tell Me

So I parked my car in Foggy Bottom today for 20 minutes.  When I returned, I had received a parking ticket for disobeying the sign. 

The sign, which is located at the top of that pole in the photo, says that to the right of it(where everything but the last foot or so of my car is located) is a legal parking spot.  To the left of the poll, though, is a "no parking, entrance" location.

I knew when I took the spot that this might be an issue, but thought that 1) I'd be back in no time and more importantly 2) It was just the butt of my car, and so it wouldn't matter either way.

Well, I was wrong.  The ticket is just for twenty bucks, so not bad, but I still question whether or not this was really necessary.

What do you think?  It's clear that by the literal word of the law this was not "legal", but you'd think that there might be some room for some leniency.

 

How Safe Do You Feel Walking and Biking Around D.C.?

How Safe Do You Feel Walking and Biking Around D.C.?

This past Friday, WUSA9's Bruce Leshan posted a story about the growing problem of bicyclist and pedestrian injuries in Washington, D.C..

"In the last year, 14 pedestrians and two bicyclists have been killed in encounters with cars and trucks," Leshan wrote. "The reported injuries are far higher: 435 bicyclists and 755 pedestrians in 2010. Some of the victims complain the police have done far too little to stop the carnage."

Ode to Capital Bikeshare: A Shining Light in Winter

Ode to Capital Bikeshare: A Shining Light in Winter

Something stirs in the dirty, slushy streets

And my winter-weary eyes alight upon a streaking flash

Fiery, red, fierce—CaBi warms my soul and shines like a springtime star.

 Oh, Capital Bikeshare –you live, you breath,

You guide me like a lamp in the darkest night.

Ultimate fighter, warrior and champion—you complete me.

Here at goDCgo, we don’t just blog—we also write astonishingly bad poetry. But really, there seemed to be no other way to adequately express the magnitude of how awesome it is that Capital Bikeshare remains open during the entire year, winter months included.

Proposed Routes Highlight Report on D.C Streetcar System

Proposed Routes Highlight Report on D.C Streetcar System

This story comes to us from Abby Lane:

 

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) today released a detailed assessment of the proposed 37-mile streetcar system for Washington, D.C.  The report, “Building a World-Class Streetcar System for a World-Class City,” analyzes the proposed routes and highlights seven recommendations to bring streetcars back to D.C.


Why Does DC Need a Streetcar System?

Why Does DC Need a Streetcar System?

Plans for the DC Streetcar system have been in the works for several years and construction has already begun on the Anacostia line, where service is planned to begin in the fall of 2012. As a newcomer to the DC area, I still ask many questions. Here was my question about the streetcar system: huh? Translated, that means: if DC already has Metrorail, Metrobus, the Circulator and Capital Bikeshare, why do we require another separate transportation system? Why not expand the bus system instead? I was flummoxed.

If you too have ever questioned the logic of re-introducing a streetcar system to our beloved city (yes, DC had streetcars right up until the mid-1960’s), here’s a bit of background.

Metro Riders at Van Ness Sound Off About Yet Another Day of Delays

Metro Riders at Van Ness Sound Off About Yet Another Day of Delays

This morning the DC Metro's red line endured yet another round of delays that left some riders stuck on the platform at the Van Ness station for over 45 minutes during their morning commute because of a track fire between the Woodley Park and Dupont Circle station stops.

Check out the video above to see some of those stranded passengers sound off about the delays and how they feel about the D.C. Metro overall.

 

Here's One Way To Avoid Paying DC's Pricey Meters

Here's One Way To Avoid Paying DC's Pricey Meters

So the question is this...if you park in that spot, will you get a ticket?

Thoughts?