In one of the dumbest policies in DC history–and that’s saying something–the District is now ticketing every car parked in DC without DC plates when it’s dark. Considering that virtually everyone who works in or frequents DC establishments actually lives in Maryland or Virginia–given that most of DC is a slum and yet housing is ridiculously expensive–this virtually guarantees that the vast preponderance of these tickets are to non-residents. Amazing.

Statehood, anyone?

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  1. jen says:

    Don’t they realize that it just means that those of us who live in Virginia and Maryland will no longer come to the city for an evening? We won’t want to see the memorials on a clear spring night. Or wander the parks. Or eat in the restaurants. Or sit in the theatres. Or…

    Ultimately, they may end up losing money rather than making it.

  2. Jen: you’re supposed to be riding the Metro with the rest of the plebes when you visit Georgetown.

    Oh, wait, you can’t ride the Metro to Georgetown. Chalk that up to yet another dumb policy.

  3. James Joyner says:


    I’ve got one for you: My CityStreets laminated map of DC has a giant CityStreets logo right over Georgetown. Meaning, although Georgetown is part of DC, it’s not part of my map. What’s the deal with Georgetown? Not on my map, not on the Metro, Clinton, Albright. . .

  4. jen says:

    Double Heh. Funny thing about that map. Georgetown is it’s own entity.

    Chris, the whole reason you drive to DC at night is because there’s plenty of parking so you don’t have take the Metro.

    And for those of us for whom it’s a minimum 30 minute drive to the nearest Metro station, the rest of the drive is relatively painless.