Posts by Jeremy Barr

Jeremy Barr is a graduate journalism student at the University of Maryland. He previously worked in non-profit communications and has interned in politics on several occasions. In the last year and a half, he has lived in Adams Morgan, Logan Circle and Mount Vernon Square. Email him at jeremy.m.barr@gmail.com.

  • As DC neighborhoods change, carry outs hold on

    Carry out restaurants have been part of the fabric of Washington for decades, prized for their low prices, speed and long hours. With menus that run on for pages and pages, many break norms, serving Chinese food, fried seafood and sandwiches under one roof.And although development has brought in new restaurants and businesses along the U Street corridor, on 14th Street Northwest,…  Keep reading…

  • The courier business changes and endures

    You’ve seen bike couriers before, though you might not have known it. Clad in bicycling gear in a health-conscious city where such attire is ubiquitous, they blend in, embodying the notion of ‘hiding in full view.’ And that’s the way they want it.This summer, I spent two days watching, interviewing and photographing professional couriers (or messengers)…  Keep reading…

  • Fewer “ghost buses” haunt NextBus

    Most of us only see ghosts when people dress in costume on Halloween, but bus riders deal with “ghost buses” on a regular basis. These are not spirits haunting your ride to work, but Metrobuses that mysteriously disappear, or never appear, on the NextBus real-time prediction system. The system now has fewer errors, but riders still encounter problems.Ben Ball,…  Keep reading…

  • WMATA’s latest grades: Rush Plus needs tutoring

    WMATA’s latest scorecard gives the agency some good marks for on-time performance, but the roll-out of the Rush Plus program has been more disappointing, officials told the Riders’ Advisory Council (RAC) Wednesday.Launched in June, Rush Plus added more trains to the Orange and Yellow Lines during rush hour but decreased the number of Blue Line trains. The plan…  Keep reading…

  • Changes may come to DC’s scooter laws

    It may have taken two arrests of a 64-year-old Georgetown woman, but there is hope on the horizon for those who want changes in the District’s scooter regulations.DC law classifies all motor scooters as motorcycles, meaning that scooter owners must hold motorcycle licenses, wear a helmet, register their scooter, show proof of insurance, and pass a motorcycle skills…  Keep reading…

  • Are scooters bikes or motorcycles?

    District law accommodates bicycles and automobiles together on urban streets, but scooters sit in a gray area. Some are classified as motorcycles and others motorized bicycles, which enjoy greater flexibility. To encourage this alternate mode of transportation, regulations should treat scooters more like bicycles than motorcycles. In February, I purchased what…  Keep reading…

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