DC commuters = Bay of Fundy water

You ever feel like this whole city commutes in and out each day? Have you ever been the lone DC resident at your work, fighting for bicycle and bus benefits while everyone else wants more parking? Ever feel DC is empty on Sundays? Well, your perceptions are reality.

DC on Sunday

The 2000 US Census ranks DC as #1 in daytime population change due to commuting for any major city in America, with a whopping 72% change in working population each day. The 260,884 DC residents who worked in DC in 2000 were supplemented by 410,794 suburbanites commuting in for jobs, raising our overall population from 572,059 to 982,853 every day.

This daily flow is impressive to me, with a sea of headlights in the morning, rivers of taillights at night, and an odd calm in between both. Every so often, I dive into that flow and look around, thinking “so this is what a water molecule feels like in the Bay of Fundy. What does it feel like to you?

6 Comments so far

  1. misschatter (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 11:09 am

    Speaking of biking, are you the same Wayan who is in a certain DC sporty club with the reputation for the best social life (happy hours)?


  2. wayan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 12:46 pm

    Ha! How many Wayan’s would you know, Miss Chatter? And are you gonna be there tonight?


  3. misschatter (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 1:08 pm

    Exactly! That’s why I figured it was a safe bet it was you. Ack, is that tonight? Unfortunately no, I have a rock climbing date tonight.


  4. Deetee (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 12:09 am

    I hate to crash this anti-car thread because I’m actually a borderline desperate driver who will be visiting a friend in Cleveland Park and would like to leave my car parked for three days as cheaply as possible (am a starving student who would like to ride the Metro during my trip).

    Can anyone recommend a way to locate a free parking space during the week (Tues to Friday) anywhere in the Dupont-Adams Morgan-Cleveland Park axis? My friend lives roughly in the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, and if I can find a SAFE place to leave the car I promise not to clutter up the road with my driving on those days. Specific streets with block designations would be great. Thanks! (And again sorry to post here…if anyone needs to know anything about Philadelphia, just ask! It’s a very walkable/bikeable city.)

    (By the way, the lobsteroo2 at AOL address is actually my own anti-spam email address…if you’d prefer not to post publicly, my email is dtanyol AT yahoo dot com. )


  5. wayan (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 8:56 am

    There are a few streets in the back of Mt Pleseant that are not zoned – so you can leave your car there for three days fine. Look around Irving/Kilbourne and 18th/19th. Also, there is a one block section on 15th between P and Church, with street cleaning from 10-2 on Tuesdays (or maybe Mondays).

    Good luck!


  6. deetee (unregistered) on December 13th, 2005 @ 12:19 am

    Thanks very much, Wayan…this is helpful. I’ve also discovered that my friend can get a parking permit for me from the police, since I’m only visiting a few days, though the guy who answered the phone at the Cleveland Park police station was very rude. Well, maybe he was having a bad day. (I’m trying to be charitable!)

    Thanks again for your advice…I will clip ‘n’ save!



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