On The Look Out

D.C. Council Gives Uber Thumbs Up

December 5, 2012

Tuesday, the D.C. City Council unanimously passed a bill that promotes innovation, consumer choice, safety, and economic growth throughout the city. It’s a model for cities across the country who are looking at ways to update their transportation laws for the 21st century. The law makes it explicitly clear that a company like Uber can continue to operate lawfully in Washington, D.C. The law is pro-consumer and pro-innovation; it’s pro-small-business, pro-driver, and progressive.

So what does the D.C. law include?

  • It explicitly defines a separate class of for-hire vehicles, sedans, that operate through digital dispatch and charge by time and distance.
  • It creates a single operator license for taxis, sedans and limousines and requires the D.C. Taxi Commission to actually issue licenses after a long four-year hiatus.
  • It sets new standards for price transparency that will benefit consumers.
  • And, above all, it brings regulatory certainty to the vehicle-for-hire marketplace – making it very clear that Uber and its partners, the licensed/regulated sedan companies and drivers, can’t be regulated out of existence.

Practically, this new approach means that consumers can rely on Uber to connect them to a ride with the licensed car and driver closest to them. It means never wondering if you’ll be stranded in a corner of the city because of how you look or where you live. It means having a reliable form of transportation you can count on 24 hours a day.

For drivers, it means that they can easily fill their downtime, be more productive, substantially increase their income, and continue to invest in and grow their businesses. It will help them live their own American Dream.

And for the city, it means that there will continue to be more transportation options – benefitting businesses of all sizes and boosting economic growth – and that D.C. will be known as a place that welcomes and embraces innovation that improves the quality of life for its citizens.


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Rose Park Playground Design Meeting Nov.29

November 28, 2012

 

Mayor Vincent Gray invites residents to offer feedback for playground designs in Play DC: The Playground Improvement Project. The initiative for the largest set of playground improvements in D.C. history – is a new, multi-year, citywide project that will drive the evaluation, improvement and ongoing maintenance of the playgrounds in DPR's inventory.

The design of Rose Park Recreation Center Playground will be discussed Thursday, November 29 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Rose Park Recreation Center at 2609 Dumbarton Street in Georgetown.

The feedback sessions are taking place in two phases. The first phase – presently taking place – provides residents and children with an overview of the project and gives them an opportunity to provide feedback on what they want to see as part of the renovations for their play space. The second phase of community meetings will allow architects to present renderings of proposed playground projects based on feedback gleaned in the first round and refine their designs on the basis of further feedback.

For the full schedule of meetings, read more here.
 


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Shelter From the Petraeus Storm?

November 14, 2012

Former CIA Director and retired Army General David Petraeus' biographer and alleged former mistress, Paula Blackwell, has apparently taken refuge at the Mount Pleasant home of her brother, Stephen Kranz in Northwest, Washington, D.C. This according to the Washington City Paper.

Poised for a peek (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Poised for a peek

Recently, the driver's license of the West Point graduate and North Carolina resident was found in Rock Creek Park, not far from this house on Park Road. On Wednesday, there were several dark security-looking cars parked in front of the house. The media was staked out in front of the house and in the alley behind.

Stone wall at back of Kranz home (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Stone wall at back of Kranz home


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