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Metro Needs A Regional Tax

But Don't Hurt the District to Get There!

Democracy dies in the darkness, while Metro dies in the shadow of regional parochialism…The opinion response the Washington Post doesn’t want to publish

How could the District be so un-regional that it won’t support a regional tax to fund Metro’s deferred capital needs? [The District’s Death Wish for Metro]

Phil Mendelson is the chair of the Coucil of the District of Columbia.

Metro Needs A Regional Tax

But Don't Hurt the District to Get There!

Democracy dies in the darkness, while Metro dies in the shadow of regional parochialism…The opinion response the Washington Post doesn’t want to publish

How could the District be so un-regional that it won’t support a regional tax to fund Metro’s deferred capital needs? [The District’s Death Wish for Metro]

Phil Mendelson is the chair of the Coucil of the District of Columbia.

Human Rescue Alliance Needs Space for Animals Stranded by Hurricane

Officials encourage residents to adopt local pets

Pets separated from their families due to Hurricane Harvey, and other Houston animals homeless before the storm are being relocated this week to Washington DC, the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) said Wednesday. The HRA is appealing to animal lovers who may be considering the adoption of a new pet to visit adoptions centers today.  Dogs and cats adopted this week will clear room for animals arriving from Texas.  All pets available for adoption at HRA have been spayed,neutered and microchipped.

August 30th

The View From the South Hall

A Fresh-Food Merchant Describes Effects of the Closure of Seventh Street on the Indoor Market Merchants

After the Eastern Market fire, emergency legislation was passed to close the 200 block of 7th Street to accommodate the non-food vendors. This was the right thing to do. The non-food vendors could not set up next the Eastern Market building with all the construction going on, for obvious safety reasons.

When the Merchants left the East Hall and moved back to Eastern Market, the street remained closed, even though the non-food vendors had all their pre fire space available to them.

Bill Glasgow is the owner of Union Meats in the South Hall at Eastern Market, where he has been working since 1961. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

Minor edits have been made for clarity and style.

Future of Seventh Street SE Discussed

Plans for Market Subject of ANC 6B Special Call Meeting Tuesday

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B Special Call meeting on the future of Eastern Market and Seventh Street SE took place in a room packed with representatives of District government and government agencies, community organizations, stakeholders, press and concerned community members.

Barry Margeson, Manager of Eastern Market for the Department of General Services (DGS),described the weekend Eastern Market as not a single entity but an ecosystem that requires balance to function, describing how different managing groups have managed different spaces at different times.

Man Arrested for Robbery in Northeast

Crime Blotter: August 29

At 6:21 a.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 1200 block of Howison Place SE on charges of Burglary One.

At 8:11 a.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 700 block of 18th Street NE on charges of Fleeing from a Law Enforcement Officer in a Motor Vehicle.

At 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, a car was stolen on the 200 block of East Capitol Street NE.

At 4:11 p.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on charges of Robbery on the 1100 block of H Street NE.

At 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, there was an assault in the course of an attempted robbery on the 1700 block of E Street NE.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 29, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.

August 29th

Public Meeting On Southeast Boulevard Project

On Saturday September 16th, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) welcome public participation in their Environmental Assessment (EA) of possible improvements to Southeast Boulevard and Barney Circle. Learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team.

August 28th

A Little Night Music Sends in the Clowns

At Arlington’s Signature Theatre through Oct. 8

“Isn’t it bliss?” sings Desiree in “Send in the Clowns,” the signature tune from Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” The unambiguous answer is “YES!”

The one true “hit” of Sondheim’s storied career is crooned in a husky, hurtful murmur of rueful regret by the middle-aged actress Desiree. She addresses the verses to her onetime paramour Fredrik, who has just spurned her attempt to rekindle their romance.

David Hoffman is past vice president for programs at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, at Dupont Circle, but lives on Capitol Hill and is a freelance journalist covering arts and entertainment as well as (dour note) “politics” and foreign policy.