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Adrian Fenty and the nexus of the universe

At Naylor Road and Alabama Ave. SE yesterday, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced that the District’s cab zoning system would be replaced with a standard metered fare.

Why in Southeast? Because each corner at the chosen intersection represented a different cab zone, emphasizing the zoning system’s flaws.

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It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer gets lost at the corner of 1st and 1st (“Can the same street intersect with itself?”), what he fears is the “nexus of the universe.”

Nexus or not, the scenario is one that the District’s tourism directors worry is all too familiar to visitors in the nation’s capital.

“Universally, the hospitality industry wants to go to time-and-distance meters,” William A. Hanbury, president of the Washington, D.C., Convention and Tourism Corp., recently told The Washington Post.

I know the industry brings billions to the District, but let’s forget about tourists for a minute. Do we think the zoning system was that horrible?

Is a simpler metered system the best we can do? Sound off, cab riders!

-JACKIE SAUTER, Multimedia Editor