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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 08/26/2010

Remaking Union Station? 5 area blogs

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. We've got a dose of the serious and a bit of the silly circulating around the D.C. blogosphere. Read about the folks who gathered at a local Borders to protest a book signing featuring a vocal opponent of the proposed Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks. Beyond DC and Greater Greater Washington have some thoughts about a plan to remake Union Station. Last but not least: It's time to start channeling your inner zombie.

Quotidian Dissent blogs about a recent protest at the Borders on 18th and L streets NW. The target of the protest was Pam Geller, a blogger who has been one the loudest critics of the planned Islamic center near Ground Zero. Quotidian wonders: Did the protest accomplish its goal?

Am I alone? A commenter on UnsuckDCMetro doesn’t understand all the hoopla surrounding Metro’s new policy that folks won’t be able to exit a station if they have insufficient funds on a SmarTrip card.

Beyond DC has concerns about a plan to remake the Great Hall at Union Station. (See Washington City Paper’s article.) One proposal is to “cut holes in the Great Hall’s floor in order to provide better access to the basement food court, and to replace the Center Cafe with a new larger and more modern version.” Bottom line? Why mess with one of the District’s loveliest public spaces? But over at Greater Greater Washington, another blogger takes a different view. The plan, GGW writes, might give “the center of the space a considerate and timely upgrade.”

The 42 blog reminds us that Columbia Heights Day is Saturday. Part of this year’s festivities will include D.C.’s first state fair – complete with a wide array of “best of” contests (cupcakes, tomatoes, you name it). Details here. New Columbia Heights also has a post.

Perfecting the perfect “undead” look takes time, which is why Silver Spring Singular reminds us, it’s never too early to begin planning for the Silver Spring Zombie walk.

That's it for today. Thanks for taking the time to read. Click through and support your local bloggers. And check back in this space tomorrow afternoon for more from the D.C. area blogosphere.

By Lori Aratani  | August 26, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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