The whole "let's point and laugh at things" and "kick the bastards when they are down" model is very popular. People love to read those types of pieces. Sometimes they are fun to write. There are also a lot of big problems in DC that need to be addressed. Real problems. A lot of people get all of their local news information from blogs. A lot of people don't bother reading the Post. In case you missed the memo, things aren't exactly peachy in the city. The stories aren't often simple, and aren't always easy to distill. But I try. I'll keep poking and prodding. I also call 'em like I see 'em.
Anyway, enough froofy musing about meta things. Let's get on with the news.
Mayor Fenty really wants to be Lance Armstrong. Yes, we know Fenty is quite the "fit" mayor. He competes in triathlons and loves to ride his bicycle.
WTOP's Mark Segraves takes a look at Fenty's use of a police escort when riding with his little group, DC Velo. This is, of course, "totes" ridiculous. I don't think it's ridiculous for the mayor to have a police escort, however, it's poor form to use one when riding a bicycle during the business day. If he wants to go for a little bike ride on the weekends, I don't care, and he can even take a cop if he wants. Here's a better idea for the work week: How about you commute to work using your bicycle, which you love so much? You can even have a police motorcade for your bike if you do that. How about you check out the bike lanes DDOT has been installing? How about you set an example for people who might want to try bicycle commuting? Do something useful with your hobby. Because it is a hobby. You are not a full time, professional cyclist. A few years ago a group of people decided to hire you for a job. kthx.
Noah Wepman says farewell to DCPS. I was laid up with some sort of illness during the DCPS hearing. I watched on television this poor fellow try to explain himself to the D.C. Council. Wepman, the schools' CFO, looked like that deer that stumbled into the lion's den at the zoo. He was unprepared for his skewering, and has now left DCPS. WTOP is reporting that he was fired. Wepman withheld budget information from the Council. The DCPS CFO is supposed to report to the District CFO, but it looked like Wepman was taking orders from Michelle Rhee. Any organization looking for a nervous fall-guy, Wepman is your man. WaPo has some deets as well.
Georgetown sees another bias-related crime. Fun fact for those who don't know, I'm a Georgetown alum. It's sad to see this happen, but there was yet another anti-gay crime reported yesterday. This follows a rash of hate crimes on the campus. MPD Chief Lanier says the recent uptick in bias-related assaults could be due to the pending D.C. gay marriage legislation. This is incredibly sad and pathetic.
DC is pretty safe for pedestrians, says Transportation for America. The transit advocacy group took a look at pedestrian safety across the country, and DC ranks pretty high. Unsurprisingly, the study concludes that cities that developed after World War II are more dangerous for walking. Those cities, of course, were designed with cars in mind. The District was planned well before the advent of car travel, and we've managed to maintain a lot of that walkability. Just watch out for those Metrobuses, of course.
Marion Barry to get reality television show. A lot of people are blowing this off as something stupid. I don't know, folks. If anything, Barry is the gift that keeps on giving. Congress Heights on the Rise has the scoop about this, which was re-reported everywhere. There's absolutely no information at all about this. Nothing has been confirmed. Keep that in mind when speculating about anything. Yes, Barry is a complete embarrassment. He was once a notable figure, but since we can no longer say "at least he doesn't steal money from the city," he has become at best a joke and at worst a reason why we'll never get a vote in Congress. Onward and upwards. Forwards not backwards, and always twirling, twirling towards disgrace.