Wake to Washington

Est. 2013

A fantasy journey through zoning hell

Thought experiment: If all of the residential land in DC were zoned ‘R-1-B’, or single-family on small/medium-sized detached lots, things would get weird. Ward 1 and 2 would only have 10,000 homes (for ~70k residents). Wards 3 and 4 would be...upzoned, somehow? Limiting housing density in cities is bad for the climate and makes living here more expensive.


Enabling more car trips = not great for environment

Taking an Uber or Lyft pollutes 69% more than the transportation modes they claim to replace, as folks often use it to replace what would have been a more sustainable trip (bus, bike, walk, scooter, etc). But the companies also admit that 40% of driving time consists of empty vehicles looking for riders


I’m just a renter, standing in front of a real estate broker, asking them for my TOPA rights

Love Dot Com is a new rom-com on Netflix set in DC, and it’s very....of our time. It’s “a You’ve Got Mail-esque love story between Shelby and Greg, a partner at the real estate firm that buys Shelby’s apartment building with plans to flip it into condos.” Mayor Bowser’s brother makes a cameo.

The scooter war is coming

Come April 1, these are the scooter companies that will remain in the city: Jump, Lyft, Skip, and Spin. Bird, Lime, Bolt, and Razor will say goodbye. The 4 companies that DDOT decided on will  now be able to scale up significantly, putting 2,500 scooters in the streets per company. Currently, they each have less than 1,000.  

Also || Pedestrian killed on Alabama Ave SE, L’Enfant gets a statue in the Capitol, former Mayor of Baltimore sentence to three years, construction at every turn in Navy Yard

Here’s how to avoid bad food 

There’s nothing worse than ordering disappointing food because… well, money. Simmer’s an app that tells you what dishes on the menu to avoid. More power to you. Get Simmer.



Now that's a combo

Long-awaited Showtime sister bar, Neptune Room, finally opens in Brightwood tonight. (5 pm)


Artists on the clock

Local artists improvise works on the spot at this performative party. Music from Near Northeast and Rosie Cima. (7-11 pm)


Saturday: Outrun the streetcar

Race the H Street "red Goliath," cheer on the runners on, or donate to a good cause at the Fourth Annual Running of the Streetcar. (2 pm)


Saturday: Local art and tunes around the city



It’s klezmer brunch. The food is kosher. Not sure what else we need to say. (11am)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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