Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Keeping Tabs: High-End Everything + Marriage Rights Edition

***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 " 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!