We admired their look a couple weeks ago. Who knew?!?

From the Downtown DC BID:

“Waste receptacles equipped with sensors were installed this month in Chinatown and are being installed in Anacostia as part of a DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), Anacostia Business Improvement District (ABID) and D.C. Government pilot to explore innovative waste management solutions in the District to influence maintenance programs across the country.

A total of 34 new, red Victor Stanley Relay™ Sensor and Service smart waste receptacles have been installed in the Chinatown neighborhood along several streets including H, 7th, 6th and I streets NW, in a pilot in partnership between the BID, the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA), the Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHD) and with funding support from D.C.’s local soft drink companies and the American Beverage Association.

The Chinatown pilot cans are easily distinguishable. Each red can features brightly-colored Chinese-themed motifs on the lids and on a side plaque, which displays a Chinese dragon. Each can is outfitted with a smart sensor to monitor fill levels and send alerts when service is required.

The DowntownDC BID is simultaneously supporting a similar pilot in Anacostia where 53 waste bins with sensors are being installed. (more…)

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Thanks to a reader for sending from 7th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW just before noon.

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Another reader sends: “California plates edition”

If you spot a person driving poorly around town and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. People Driving Poorly is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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Photos courtesy Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

From an email:

“This week, the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Downtown BID and the DC Department of Housing & Community Development unveiled new trash receptacles in Chinatown. We plan to add more around the area.”

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Also after the jump info on the Mayor’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration Monday at the Lincoln Theatre: (more…)

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Update from yesterday’s discussion about the above sign:

Max Kuller, owner of Proof says: “We want to apologize for offending anyone with an inappropriate sign for our restrooms at Proof. The sign has been up since we opened our doors almost 10 years ago, and when it was put up, was only meant to be tongue-in-cheek, never to offend or indicate that Proof is anything but a safe and respectful place. Our restaurant has always been an avid supporter and fundraiser of equal rights for all. We have removed the sign and apologize for any offense we have caused.”

Anon notes in the original post that she received the same apology on Facebook and replied:

“I returned the note suggesting they make a donation to a charity supporting women who have been the victim of violence/ assault representing every single day of the 10 years the sign was displayed. I also made sure to point out the delusion that this is humorous is an ignorance that is inexcusable. It’s all just really a perfect example how many men… even the ones who fancy themselves to be progressive… are unable to really process their role in perpetuating the belief that its ok (funny) to objectify women.”