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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com January 14, 2011 at 10:00 am 2,361 28 Comments

Bill Would Increase Handicap Parking Fine — Del. David Englin (D) — a prolific proposer of legislation — has introduced a bill that would increase the maximum fine for illegally parking in a handicapped parking space from $500 to $750. The minimum fine would remain $100. [Sun Gazette]

Blog Conducts Cupcake Taste Test — Which has the better cupcake, the new Crumbs Bake Shop (2839 Clarendon Blvd) or Bakeshop (1025 N Fillmore St)? A local blog conducted a taste test and produced an exhaustive a 1,100+ word comparison. [Clarendon Culture]

Public Library to Hold “Cello-bration” — Cellist David Rabin will perform at the Columbia Pike Branch Library (816 S Walter Reed Drive) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The event, which is billed as fun for all ages, will feature the music of January birthday boys Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Jan. 27) and Franz Schubert (Jan. 31). [Arlington Public Library Blog]

Flickr pool photo by Jason OX4

  • Rick

    Maybe when Columbia Pike is done being redeveloped the county can rename the library, especially since its not on the street for which it’s named


    Leave the cupcakes to the tourouns in Georgetown? FREDTERP

  • Those $500 fines must not be deterring people so there is a need to increase it to $750?

    Englin is really studying hard to progress from a moron to an idiot.

    • Darwin

      Let’s just move straight to Capital Punishment.

    • mehoo

      So let’s say $750 won’t deter anyone any more. So what? Let those who are ticketed pay more for the widespread inconvenience they cause. Let it be about plain old punishment, not deterrence.

      • Zoning Victim

        Maybe Alexandria is full of jerks or something. I don’t go there much, but I’ve never seen any place that has all of the handicapped spaces filled up. Not that parking in them intentionally isn’t an assinine move, but I just don’t see where there is really an issue with “widespread inconvenience.” However, I do have a friend who got confused and parked in one accidentally thinking the sticker on it was one of the “All May Park / All Must Pay” stickers on it and got fined $500 for what was truly an accident. It seems fairly ridiculous that the fine for a parking infraction is more than twice what most moving violations cost.

        • mehoo

          You make a good point – is it really a problem? I have a handicapped placard and I can usually get a space when I need one.

          The “All Must Pay” stickers were an absolute debacle. What genius came up with that?

  • Clarendude

    I happened to get my lunch sweet and coffee at Bakeshop yesterday and it was delicious. Also stopped in Artisan and picked up a couple sampler boxes for gifts. Those chocolates are like works of art, almost too beautiful to eat… almost ! 🙂

  • FrenchyB

    Great photo selection today.

    • CrystalMikey


    • OX4

      Thanks, and thanks ARLnow for slapping that up there 🙂

  • Wayne Kubicki

    According to the Gazette story, the Alexandria City Council requested that Del. Englin put this bill in, to strengthen “deterrence.”

    I have trouble understanding how an increase from $500 to $750 would be more of a deterrent against illegal use of these spaces.

    This sounds more like “local revenue enhancement” to me – would be very curious to know how many tickets like these actually get written every year.

    • brif

      Why do you care if this is also “local revenue enhancement”? do you park in a lot of handicapped spaces?

  • WorkOut

    personally I would like to see “obesity” removed as a qualification for a handicap placard. talk about being an enabler. and before you flame me, i’m 50% greater than the acceptable weight for my height age.
    we want people walking, right….

    • Lou

      Wait, obesity can get you a handicap parking permit? You got to be sh!tin me.

      • WorkOut

        yes. of course obesity includes other maladies that are often a result of the obesity. creating an unfortunate spiral.
        you would be shocked how easy it is to get a placard from a doctor who doesn’t care.

      • WorkOut

        here are the requirements:
        “Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.”

        these two bother me:
        Is legally blind or deaf.
        Has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

        • mehoo

          Thanks for the post. In general, the requirements focus on the disability, not the cause.

        • mehoo

          As for blind or Alzheimer’s – yeah, kinda funny. But it can be for a vehicle that someone else uses to drive them around. Same with disabled children.

          • Burt

            if someone else is driving them around why don’t they drop them off at the door and go find a place to park.

          • mehoo

            You want to drop off someone with Alzheimer’s at the front door while you go park? Really?

          • GeorgeOrwell

            or the blind person… just wait here in the middle of darkness.

          • mehoo

            Blind people are lucky – they never get stuck being designated driver.

          • GeorgeOrwell

            I once heard a story about that …
            On I-395 the police pulled a guy over for weaving all over the road. They asked him if was drunk, he said NO. Why were you weaving all over the road? The guy responded that he was blind. The officer asked why he was driving then. They guy said that his friend was too drunk to drive and was giving instructions.
            Maybe one of the police on the arlnow blog can verify — happened early 1990’s.

  • Cupcake Critic

    I couldn’t agree more with the blogger’s description of Crumbs v. Bakeshop. There is no comparison – Bakeshop is so much better.

  • QPGirl

    I agree – Bakeshop is sooo good, and I like that they are not ginormous.

  • Cupcake lover

    Bakeshop is where it’s at. Crumbs is a one trick pony: appearance. Just read their Yelp reviews.

  • ArlEater

    Just a random question, as everyone plans their DC restaurant week strategies, why isn’t there a Arlington restaurant week? Or is there one that I’ve just missed?


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