One evening last March, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange hit the Dupont Circle clubs with three of his constituents. With a sound meter in hand, the group cut through the alleys behind the bars and weaved through the lines of people on sidewalks, along the way measuring the sounds emanating from these popular weekend spots.
Yup: the Democrat was wandering around with a bunch of fellow-killjoys (the “D.C. Nightlife Noise Coalition”) to discover that, hey, bars are loud. His solution to that? “The council member introduced legislation this month requiring bars and restaurants to measure and submit to a city agency their outside noise levels every hour of operation between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.” The coalition also wants to ban outdoor music and dancing, because GET OFF MY LAWN.
Ah, those happening, hip Democrats…
PS: What? Hey, I wouldn’t live at Dupont Circle on a bet. It gets pretty loud there on a Saturday night. But the young folks gotta go somewhere, am I right? …Look, I’m 45. I can’t legitimately claim to be one of the young folks anymore. I’m surprisingly fine with this. It keeps me out of trouble.
*Seriously: Perry Stein manages to list the Democratic affiliation of the City Council member who is claiming that she (Mary Cheh) inadvertently cosponsored Councilman Orange’s bill, but forgets to mention the affiliation of Orange himself. That’s gotta be worth extra points.