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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Silver Line By Any Other Name: Reston Metro Would NOT Be Pretty in Pink

Here's something that made us do the proverbial sitcom spit-take as we were reading the fancy "news paper" this morning: Our beloved, much anticipated, much angsted-about, much bollardy Metro extension may not become the Silver Line after all. They're considering making it a "cool, pale pink." Is it really fair to consider a color for our shiny new Metro line that we're not allowed to use as an accent trim on our homes?

Here's what the fancypants designer says:

He has told Metro that he wants to show the rail line to Dulles on the redesigned map as a “cool, pale pink” similar to the color of the District’s well-known cherry tree blossoms at the Tidal Basin. Never mind that the famous location of the trees is miles away from Northern Virginia’s extended rail line.

Wyman said he thinks the cherry blossom color for the Dulles line sends a “welcome to visitors from Dulles” to the heart of Washington.
Riiiight. I think we all know what we need to do.

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26 comments:

  1. The Pink Line would be great if it included a stop at the So Addictive Lounge in downtown Herndon.

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  2. Pink??? Yuck. I like silver better, and it reminds me of shiny aluminum airplanes, which is much more appropriate for a train to Dulles!

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  3. My vote's for a Russet Brown line.

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  4. How about the Bracken House Biscuit Line? I have paint they could use...

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  5. Who says it even has to be a solid color? How about red plaid or blue-and-white gingham? I saw a shower curtain with a pretty peach seashell pattern that would be nice, too.

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  6. Pink line? Really? Why would I want to be reminded of my wife's panty shield at that time of the month every time I get on the train? Uggh.

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  7. Pink with an express bus to the lingerie shop at Lake Anne! That's would be just *awesome*.

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  8. You know, two seconds of google searching would save Wmata some trouble when they discovered that somebody is already using The Pink Line Project as the name for a rather well known arts site for DC.

    Sure, they could fight and get the use of the name, but it would be a big branding muddle, it would be stupid, and it would make them look bad.

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  9. I think the most appropriate color would be SOLID GOLD PLATE.

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  10. Pink? I thought BiCO had moved out of Reston.

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  11. Bico was not the only gay person who live(s) in Reston. And for the record, I, as a gay man, do not want a pink rail line!

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  12. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonSeptember 6, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Russet to Reston does have a certain poetic ring to it.

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  13. Let's all agree to call it the Pink Line on Mother's Day, during Breast Cancer Awareness, and during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The rest of the time it can be a normal, sensible silver or a rich, russet brown. Or the totally reasonable Pink/Silver/Brown line, which wouldn't confuse anyone.

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  14. How about the Burnt Sienna Line? It is a different shade of brown, but still very Reston!

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  15. brass in honor of the testicles need to foist this alatross on the people of No. Va.

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  16. Cabrini Green Line

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  17. Are they now talking about extending the line from Leesburg to Chicago, 11:50? Well, at least we'll be able to get a REAL hot dog or Italian beef then.

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  18. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonSeptember 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    In tribute to a pair of our civic leaders, past and present:

    The Robin (Smyers) Blue line

    The (Ken) Plum Purple line

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  19. OK I voted for Russet Brown and expect you all to do the same. Do you think they would get the joke?

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  20. Wait, we're oxford brown. Russet would be out of standard in my cluster and we're closer.

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  21. Guys, guys, guys and even Restonian! There's something very important we've all missed. Whatever color they pick, WMATA will certainly need to get approval from the DRB first.

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  22. How about (I'm Ron) Burgundy?

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  23. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonSeptember 7, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    We can only hope that on the section of the new Metro line from Wiehle to Herndon-Monroe WMATA does not use...white stone...as the track ballast.

    DRB would most certainly not be amused.

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  24. Stay with Silver. Because if they change it now, they will have to get three of your neighbors (including a board member) to sign off on it. Plus, then the windows probably won't be approved to with the new color, and they will have to change those over, which then will affect the color, and they will miss the sale at Home Depot while waiting for the decision, but it won't matter because they'll already be in the endless loop that is Reston design standards.

    Silver is just less exhausting. And its on sale. Go for it.

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  25. What I'd like to know is why the survey is in Spanish as well. If people really want to participate in the process in this country, they really need to speak/understand English well enough to answer something like this in English. All of my non-English speaking forefathers had to learn it. Why do Spanish speakers get a "pass"? It almost reinforces the "we don't need no education" mentality.

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  26. Call it the Cherry line! Not exactly a color, but close enough, and you'd definitely know which line it was.

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