Wake to Washington

we are the robots

Food, race, COVID

Four in five Washingtonians to die of COVID-19 have been black, leaving policymakers and communities reeling for answers. Essential workers of color are more likely to have the underlying health issues that make the coronavirus more deadly, in part due to the systemic racism of our unjust food system.


Take a walk on the wider side

An interactive map shows what streets in DC are wide enough for adequate social distancing (spoiler: not a whole lot). Inspired by a similar map of NYC streets and Open Data DC datasets, the color-coding shows that most of the city sidewalks are not safe for social distancing, particularly in the Northeast sector. 


Such great Height

When Dr. Dorothy Height, a prominent civil and women’s rights activist and leader, passed away in 2010, Eleanor Holmes Norton sponsored a bill to rename the National Capital post office after Height in commemoration. The bill was passed, but a typo is printed on the door, which reads “Dorothy Heights Station”. And that frankly will not fly—Holmes wants the spelling fixed within 30 days.


RIP Northwest Courier

The “hyperlocal community newspaper” started by alums of the erstwhile Current newspapers, cited “unforeseen circumstances” aggravated by the pandemic. They seemed to leave open the possibility of reincarnation.


Big shots push for their own bailouts

The District Dig details the connections between Jack Evans’ long-running influence-peddling and the DC2021 business group pushing for huge tax breaks—at a time when leaders are citing budget concerns for not providing vulnerable Washingtonians with relief themselves. 

Also || Guide for small biz on reopening, no reopening timeline for DC, 1918 flu killed streetcars—what will COVID do to public mass transit?, ICYMI: the Council’s bad map

Kick the at-home slump with a free week of fitness.

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Emergency & You

This (online) town

If you’re suffering from Zoom fatigue, it might be worth exploring alternative digital communities out there, like Second Life or Online Town, a gamified version of Zoom breakout rooms, and even having your meetings or hangouts in them.


TIL those exercise stations you’ll see stationed around a track or path came from a ‘70s Swiss movement, progenitor to both trail running and circuit training, making a comeback today as people seek fresh air and exercise outside


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

Also || Movie night | Making sense of the pandemic | Mother’s Day Floral Virtual Workshop | Hamilton and Washington

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