***Here's a rather amusing look at a guy on crutches who sometimes found it difficult to snag a "persons with disabilities" seat on the New York Subway. Yes, a serious topic, but this slightly rant-ish site provides a few laughs. Although I'm split on the posting of unknowing people's photos. Kind of weird! People Who Sit In The Disability Seats When I’m Standing On My Crutches
***When regular high-end isn't enough, there is ULTRA high end. Or so says a group of developers who want to outdo even Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons. They are bringing a unique boutique hotelier to Georgetown. Bliss in a bottle. Or in a hotel room. Names (hotel brand) haven't been named yet. But here's what the current location looks like. It's at 1050 31st Street NW.
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***Want more high end news? What about high end bikes! This City Room post let's us in on a secret: sales of $20,000 bikes in Manhattan are down slightly because of the economy. 20K? For a bicycle? Throwing money around like that is sooooooo 4th quarter of 2006.
***My design pick for the National Museum of African American History and Culture gets slammed by the Washington Post. The author notes that "...it is sad to see I.M. Pei's name and his firm's prestige associated with something so lackluster as the project submitted by Devrouax & Purnell and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners." Ouch! But he reveals sound reasons behind his own preference.
***Iowa, Vermont and DC all moved closer to marriage sanity/equality by advancing two pieces of legislation and killing another. DC City Council voted 12-0 to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. That was not long after Vermont legalized gay marriage; by doing it the hard way. The legislature voted to over ride the governor's veto of the bill with a 2/3+ vote in each chamber. And in Iowa, the state's Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a ban on gay marriage, effectively re-legalizing it. I suspect DC will officially legalize gay marriage in the next few years, perhaps sooner!