‘Love locks’ are not forever


Lovers have taken to placing locks on the railings of the Key bridge, like their European counterparts. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

In the realm of questionable European imports, they might not be the Yugo, but “love locks” are awful close. Apparently, in some parts of the world, it is fashionable for couples to express their ardor by snapping a custom-engraved padlock on to a piece of civic infrastructure — typically a bridge — and throwing away the key. Some of these “love locks” are starting to appear on the Key Bridge, Steve Hendrix and Rachel Sadon report. But this is Washington, D.C., so we don’t go in for that sort of nonsense. “Our first priority is to protect the integrity of the bridge,” said D.C. transportation department spokesman, explaining that bolt cutters will soon be deployed.

In other news:

Marion Barry pays up, gets his car back — not necessarily in that order (PostWTOPWUSA-TVWAMU-FMDCist)

David Catania turns in petitions, lays into Muriel Bowser (PostWAMU-FMLoose LipsAPDCist)

Ex-Gray constituent services aide, accused of bad behavior in 14th Street bar, now works for Muriel Bowser (Loose Lips)

Montessori school will become first charter school to locate in Ward 3 after last minute scramble (Post)

Vince Gray sets “good example” with new FOIA system (Post editorial)

Property owner agrees to let Museum Square residents stay at least a little while longer (Housing Complex)

Cafe Asia, club where Big G was stabbed, is ordered closed (PostAPDCist)

Nearby Lotus Lounge owes IRS $1 million, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (WBJ)

Reality check from Tom Sherwood: The FBI isn’t going anywhere anytime soon (WRC-TV)

Martin O’Malley says it “probably is time” for the Redskins name to go (Post)

“How Dan Snyder Bought Off The D.C. Media” (Deadspin)

Final arguments today in Corcoran court hearing (AP)

Taxi Commission and Office of Human Rights launch common complaint form for discrimination complaints (WAMU-FMCity DeskDCistPoPville)

With neighbors satisfied, Ellington School reno is ready to go (Current via Dish)

African protest in front of Willard Hotel leads to brawl (WTOP)

If we’re serious about statehood, time to come up with a plan for local courts and prisons (NUDCS)

Union still insists Navy Yard needs more security officers (WRC-TV)

D.C. traffic camera located in Maryland is dismantled (WTOPWRC-TV)

Man dies in violent early morning crash on H Street NE (PostWRC-TV)

Two women shot just after midnight on Stanton Road SE (WJLA-TV)

Where the post-decrim weed incidents are (City Desk)

Kids in Kenilworth-Parkside spend their summer gardening (Post)

Poverty grows in the ‘burbs as it declines in the city (WBJ)

The “de-malled” Georgetown Park mall sells for $272 million to undisclosed buyer (WBJ)

D.C. government spends $20,000 to help businesses “crowdfund” (WBJ)

According to one set of data, D.C. rents are actually going down (In the Capital)

Maybe not in Woodley Park, though (WBJ)

HR-57 is moving again (Frozen Tropics)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · August 5