Bits: All-Campaign, All The Time; DC Reclaims Sidewalks; Old Pics
Your weekend blogorama grab bag:
--- Sure, media is becoming an ever more specialized business, but a radio station devoted entirely to presidential politics, 24 hours a day? Is there anyone anywhere who is quite that obsessed? The folks over at XM Satellite Radio think so, and on Monday, they will launch POTUS Radio, a channel featuring news, chat shows, and unadulterated candidate speeches around the clock. (The name is an acronym for President of the United States.) It's like a massive OD of C-Span's great cinema verite campaign coverage, plus every TV and radio gabfest you can imagine, all piled together. It's on XM's Channel 130.
--- It's the little things that count: The D.C. government is finally changing the rules to eliminate one of the most annoying and galling policies the city has long had--the willy-nilly way in which the District allows developers to close off sidewalks during construction projects. Many other cities require builders to put up covered walkways to protect pedestrians from construction while keeping sidewalks open throughout the project. The District let developers take the cheap, easy way out by closing the sidewalks entirely, forcing pedestrians to cross the street for no good reason. Now, as first reported on dcist.com, Washington will join those other cities--a small but welcome victory for those who walk.
In the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, the change is winning accolades from Neighborhood Association President Cary Silverman, who says that construction of the Yale Steam Laundry Lofts on New York Avenue NW has forced residents to cross some of the most dangerous intersections in the city. "For over a year, residents have had to put their safety at risk," Silverman says, noting that the crosswalk residents must use provides just nine seconds to get across six lanes of traffic.
--- The D.C. transportation department is out with another of its delicious photo galleries of old Washington. This time, you get pix of old street trolleys on their underground tracks, a 1940s car crash, South Capitol Street way, way before the new ballpark was ever conceived, Wisconsin Avenue NW when streetcars still ran down its center lanes, and lots of other shots of the lost city. Worth a visit.
--- Coming up Sunday: The last game at RFK, the Redskins return to The House That Jack Built, and if you're wandering about at 6 p.m. and are in the mood for a well-made documentary, check out Larry Josephson's "Only in America," an excellent hour of new radio journalism from the producer who brought back the comedy genius of Bob and Ray and whose smart series of conversations across ideological borders enlivened public radio some years back. Josephson's new series, airing on WAMU (88.5 FM), starts off Sunday with a documentary examining the history of anti-Semitism in America, featuring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talking about staying at a bed and breakfast with her parents where the sign on the wall said "No Dogs or Jews Allowed" and ending with Sen. Joe Lieberman talking about the decline of anti-Semitism in this country.
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