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Thousands gathered on Boylston Street near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2013 race bombings, which killed three and injured 264. Survivors; first responders; and local, state, and national politicians such as Vice President Joe Biden were on hand to pay tribute. Courtesy: Jeremiah Robinson, Photographer, City of Boston.

Houston’s George R. Brown Convention
Center to Add Second Hotel

Houston First Corporation, the parent organization that operates the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center, was part of a recent celebration to mark groundbreaking of the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis Houston hotel.

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Bill Introduced to Reauthorize Brand USA

The Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 was introduced in both chambers of Congress on April 10.
Co-sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and in the Senate by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the bill would reauthorize Brand USA until 2020. U.S. Travel Association and American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) are among the organizations applauding the move.

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Houston CVB Votes for Realignment with Houston

The Greater Houston CVB is poised to become part of Houston First, a local government corporation that manages more than 10 city-owned buildings, plazas, and parking facilities.

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CEO Job for Daytona Beach CVB Down to Finalists

The competition to become the new leader of the Daytona Beach CVB has become a three-horse race.
Tom Caradonio, previously of the Albuquerque CVB; Hugh Austin, previously of the College Park (Ga.) CVB; and Rozeta Mahboubi, previously from the Martin County (Fla.) CVB are still in the running.

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Delightful Driving in D.C.

By Todd McElwee

Eastbound I-66 experienced significant delays on April 7 due to roadway damage on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, a main artery into Washington, D.C. Speaking with The Washington Post, Reggie Sanders, a spokesman with the District’s Department of Transportation, said a utility company “made a cut” in the roadway as they were doing work in that area. But the road appears to have “sunken down.”  

Add “sunken down” road to the list of commute calamities plaguing the nation’s capital on a daily basis. Traveling around metropolitan D.C. is a full-time position deserving of hazard pay. Commuters spend so much time on the road, they begin to install granite countertops in their cars and adopt orange road cones as their children. Not a year goes by when D.C. doesn’t make the list of worst traffic in the nation, and the capital is often right at the top.
It all begs the question: Is there a worst place to drive than Washington, D.C.?

A few years ago, I wrote a cover story for the now defunct Maryland Life Magazine featuring comedian Lewis Black, who grew up in Silver Spring, Md. Discussing the region and its notorious traffic, Black said: “This is one of the reasons you leave somewhere, when they build a beltway in your backyard. When they finished, I think in 1966, the Washington and Maryland sides were three lanes and the Virginia side was two lanes. That’s when you know you’re dealing with morons. And as soon as they finished the Beltway, it was obsolete.”

The Beltway is only the beginning. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Wow, that drive on I-270 certainly was a delight,” or, “Can you believe how well these D.C. roads are maintained? Talk about smooth.”

So, there’s mind-numbing traffic, potholed highways and byways, construction everywhere, speed cameras galore, freewheeling diplomats with get out of jail plates, and of course regular frequent presidential motorcades. Oh, and if you wish to attend next September’s Redskins’ season opener, leave your home now.

How did it get so bad? Why can’t the most powerful city in the world get me from Rockville to the Verizon Center in less than a hockey season?

Thankfully, Metro is so time- and cost-efficient. 



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