Thursday, December 11, 2008
What better way to celebrate "Change" than drinking until 5 a.m.?
As mentioned before, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has temporarily changed housing laws for the Inaugural weekend allowing residents to sublet their housing legally. The D.C. City Council also got into the act, temporarily suspending laws for something much more important: allowing D.C. bars to stay open until 5 a.m. throughout the weekend. (Usually, bars in D.C. close at 2 a.m.)
However, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Bob Bennett (R-Utah) wrote a letter to Mayor Fenty with concerns about the party-all-night law, per the New York Times. They fear it will strain law enforcement resources.
Some feisty, late-night-loving D.C.-ites are not pleased. They've started an online petition to "Save The Parties." And there's even a Facebook group devoted to the cause (which my D.C. friends invited me to join).
Excitement among New Yorkers about the Inauguration may be waning, but D.C.-ites are still fired up.
District Raises a Glass to History [Washington Post]
Senators Urge Reversal of Longer Bar Hours During Inauguration [New York Times]
Posted by Kashmir Hill at 4:15 PM