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Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 08/12/2011

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A quick-hit buffet of The Daily Gripe’s tidbits from the week of Aug. 9.


The scene at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Washington, D.C. on a recent evening. (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

Competitive swimming

Tension has been swirling between swimmers dedicated to strength training and those who love to just splash around at Wilson Aquatic Center’s Olympic-sized pool. The former wants the pool to keep 50-meter lanes while the latter wants 25-meter lanes.

We asked Gripers what side of the lane they’re on on Monday and the majority sided with the competitive swimmers.

@washingtonpost @thedailygripewp 25m short course season is basically 9 months out of the year. keep it 25m and sort it out next summerless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The following are snippets of comments from readers:

“...there are plenty of shorter course pools in the area, and all the summer pools are taken over by kids and kid swim teams. Wilson provides a unique feature that shouldn't go away,” wrote femetro

“If groups or indivduals want to only swim 25 meters there are several options available. They can swim halfway down the 50-meter lane and turn around, they can swim in the other pool at Wilson that is 25 meters or they can swim at one of the half dozen other 25-meter pools in D.C. If groups or residents want to swim 50 meters, there is only one other pool in D.C. and it’s only open during the summer,” wrote stephen85281

“It would be nicer to take some of the lanes down for recreational swim...and leave the rest for people who are training and want to swim laps. The pool on Capitol Hill does this, and they also change the length of the lanes seasonally. No one group should be making the rules for a PUBLIC pool...” wrote kab6


Victor Stewart issues a parking ticket while working his beat. (Photo by Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post). (Amanda Voisard - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Georgetown is the best (worst?) place for parking tickets

Not surprisingly, Georgetown was pegged as the District neighborhood where drivers are most likely to get a parking ticket in our Tuesday poll, with a 32 percent lead. Capitol Hill followed as a close second with 21 percent.

I was surprised to see Adams Morgan rank so low with only 8 percent, and H Street curiously didn’t get any votes at all. Could it be because parking meters and enforcement haven’t cracked down over there yet? Perhaps once construction and the trolleys are completed, it’ll be a different story (though we’re not hoping so).


Weeds lining the K Street underpass in northwest. (John White)
Weeds on K Street

Griper John White snapped and submitted photos of nearly four-feet-tall weeds growing along the medians and sidewalks of K Street.

We’ve inquired with the District Department of Transportation to find out what they can do about it. John Lisle, a spokesman for the department, said that he is checking with the Street and Bridge Branch of the department. We haven’t heard back but we’ll let you know when we hear what the resolution is.

Green means go: Arlington County traffic light

Griper donincognito reported a traffic light that skipped a green cycle. The light also had a sensor that didn’t readily recognize motorcycles and bicycles as they approached. Arlington County dispatched an official to investigate the light and ordered new equipment to improve the detection of motorcycles and bikes.

The following are two bonuses from the previous week.


Repairs on escalators at Union Station are projected to be fixed in the fall. (Akeya Dickson)
Escalator squeeze

Commuters traveling through Union Station metro are all-too-familiar with the wait to board the working escalator as they await construction at the station to be completed.

We polled readers to get their thoughts on the situation. An overwhelming 75 percent said that they’re annoyed by the long period of time to get on and off the escalator, while a more forgiving 25 percent noted that it was a disruption, but they believe WMATA is fixing as fast as they can.

If it’s any consolation, the final escalator is expected to be completed in the fall.

Trash details


Trash left in front of and in the alley of 606 M St. NE continues to be a problem. (Jenny Decker)
Gripers submitted pictures of trash strewn throughout the District, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7C04 commissioner Sylvia Brown sent us pictures of trash with the hashtag #cleanitup.

Brown said she believes in using all communication avenues to work with city government, residents and stakeholders, and that the impact of street litter is not taken very seriously. 

“In my opinion, abating D.C.’s street litter in marginal communities is a multi-agency effort — public works, law enforcement, and planning and economic development,” she said. “Monitoring and maintaining public spaces may prevent low- and high-level crime, attract more productive economic growth with jobs and higher quality of life, and increase community connection and faith in city government.” 

By Akeya Dickson  |  02:32 PM ET, 08/12/2011

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