The Night Note: 6/2/10

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    PAY BY PHONE: PARKING METER HEAVEN
    I just had a great parking experience in downtown DC. Yes, re-read that sentence — it's legit. So is the Pay By Phone parking system. No more scouring the house and the car for parking meter change. No more jamming in a handful of coins when late for a meeting. And no more setting phone alarms to remind me when my time is up.

    The pay by phone system is damn easy. I set it up with a short phone call and paid for my 2 hours of parking in the same time it took the woman who parked just after me to find her change and put it in the meter. Granted, she had to go back to her car and root around the backseat to get the $4 in change, but that's half the hassle gone. (Greater Greater Washington with a hat tip to DCist)

    NY AVE WATER MAIN BREAK'S LASTING IMPACT
    Parts of outbound New York Avenue in Northeast D.C. will remain closed for the Wednesday afternoon rush hour because of water main repairs.

    D.C. Water and Sewer Authority says the 1600 block of New York Avenue will be closed while crews repair the 12-inch line at Montana Avenue.

    The affected area is just before Bladensburg Road. (WTOP)

    RIDERS TO SOUND OFF TONIGHT ON METRO BUDGET
    Metro riders turned out in droves in the spring to protest major service cuts, testifying at public hearings, filling out online surveys and signing petitions. Their voices helped eliminate those proposed cuts, boost taxpayer subsidies and pave the way for major fare increases in the pending budget.

    But as the transit agency is poised to host a public hearing Wednesday evening on Metro's $709 million plan to maintain the aging system as part of the same budget, the response has been far quieter.

    Three people had signed up to speak as of Tuesday afternoon, just over 24 hours before the event, according to Metro. No one had submitted written comments. (Washington Examiner)

    RFK OPEN AIR MARKET- A HIDDEN GEM FOR FOODIES
    For our next installment of Farmers Markets on the Hill…we checked out The DC Open Air Farmers Market at RFK Stadium.

    The RFK Market seems like a hidden gem. There isn’t much written about it, and many of the open threads have the same question over and over. “Is the RFK Market still open?” It is, and I think one commenter said it quite nicely, “We’ve been going to the RFK market for more than 25 yrs. It’s mostly a producers’ market and has real quality in locally grown foods – long before local became cool.” (The Hill is Home)