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I saw the signage: After announcing last year that it would strictly enforce rules against sidewalk signs, DDOT has now decided the signs are okay as long as they aren't interfering with pedestrians or creating a hazard. Meanwhile, Salisbury, England is making an effort to remove unnecessary street signs. (TBD, BBC News)

Drink to drive: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is pushing to end the state monopoly on packaged liquor sales, saying that the revenue from sales of licenses would provide a boost to state transportation coffers. (FABB)

Moving the slugs: After cars picking up "slugs" along 14th street were ticketed, DDOT is seeking suggestions for new pick-up sites in the District. (Post)

Balancing the books: Silver Spring's new library, which is scheduled to break ground on Monday, is $3 million over budget. Project officials are scrambling to cut costs to balance the budget. (TBD)

Drive to be charged: A truck driver hit and killed a cyclist in Union Bridge, MD, in a crash similar to Alice Swanson's. According to police, this time there will be some kind of charges. (TheWashCycle)

ART purchases: Arlington is adding 12 new low-floor CNG buses to its routes over the next several months. (CommuterPageBlog, BeyondDC)

Let's talk bikes: Arlington, Montgomery, and DC bike coordinators discussed bicycling on the Kojo Nnamdi show yesterday. WashCycle summarizes the key points.

March in August: This weekend the Mall will play host to Glen Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally as well as the Al Sharpton and the NAACP's annual march honoring Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech. The Post covers the politics around the juxtaposition while TBD has (legitimate) tips for visitors.

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Erik Weber has been living car-free in the District since 2009. Hailing from the home of the nation's first Urban Growth Boundary, Erik has been interested in transit since spending summers in Germany as a kid where he rode as many buses, trains and streetcars as he could find. Views expressed here are Erik's alone. 

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Does anyone have any more information on how they are going to transition the blue bus to Circulator?

by charlie on Aug 27, 2010 9:53 am • linkreport

The "Restoring Honor" crowd is already in town. There were five large mouth-breathers at the CVS last night trying to figure out the self-scanning checkout. But Saturday is going to look more like a Jimmy Buffet concert than anything else. Forget about enforcing any stand-to-the-right norms on the metro escalators. Patience, DC.

by aaa on Aug 27, 2010 9:53 am • linkreport

As a mouth breather, I'm offended. It's a medical condition and outside my control...

by David C on Aug 27, 2010 10:16 am • linkreport

Ahem, Jimmy Buffett fan here... and periodically also a mouth-breather. And I've also had my quarrels with CVS scanners.

by Bossi on Aug 27, 2010 10:28 am • linkreport

Fine. Swap Jimmy Buffet for Larry the Cable Guy, mouth breathing for god fearing, and self scanner for parking meter. From the way some of you complain about Sunday street parking, I KNOW that none of you are god fearing.

by aaa on Aug 27, 2010 10:56 am • linkreport

No need to fear: the logical conflict of eternal damnation & infinite mercy drive my belief that everyone's gotta go to Hell once; and it's a fun car ride (there's never any mention of transit on the Highway to Hell). I've always liked saying the word "brimstone", anyway. @aaa- this I can agree with.

by Bossi on Aug 27, 2010 11:01 am • linkreport

...Although I've also laughed at Larry the Cable Guy. Pennsyltucky roots die hard.

by Bossi on Aug 27, 2010 11:02 am • linkreport

Larry the Cable Guy, et al., fake blue collar guys with tiresome "humor"---I grew-up in the blue collar 'burbs of Cleveland surrounded by people from Pennsyltucky (one branch of my family mined coal there for half a generation, too).

I think most of these clods will stay within their comfort zone in NoVA. Bad (tho. perhaps intermitently entertaining) for Arlington, et al., but better for the rest of us.

by Rich on Aug 27, 2010 12:28 pm • linkreport

Classy group of people at the Glenn Beck hate-fest. I was told at least a dozen times that I'm going to hell, that I'm not patriotic, and several people questioned whether I'm an American. One old lady scratched me like a wild animal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsHT1cVsxrU&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES_h6OGCpKE&feature=channel

by "I apologize to BP" (Joe Barton, R-TX) on Aug 29, 2010 5:23 pm • linkreport

re: Beck's anti-Civil Rights March

If the phrase has any meaning whatsoever, this was a White Power rally. Less diverse than the Million Man March.

by oboe on Aug 30, 2010 9:51 am • linkreport

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