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DC kinda sorta slowly moves toward maybe building more apartments

Yep, it’s pretty tentative right now, but the Comp Plan approved by the DC Council earlier this month includes language to authorize a study on removing single-family zoning. Translation: a lot of low-density neighborhoods in DC have laws prohibiting apartment buildings; more apartments (versus single-family homes) means more affordable housing.

 

A path! A path!

The interim bikeway on Florida Ave is starting to go under construction and we can’t wait. The plan sprung up after the tragic death of local biker and advocate Dave Salovesh and includes bikeways from Union Station to around 14th St NE. Faster, lighter-touch solutions like this can save lives and make streets better for everyone.

It’s damn hot out

Take refuge at the pool. DC is extending evening hours for 11 public pools to combat this delightful high heat + humidity combo. Peep the list of pools here, plus info on cooling center and low-barriers shelters open 24 hours.

 

Planners [insert distracted boyfriend meme] and the Poplar

Developers have been itching to get their hands on Wards 7 and 8. The common project theme is affordable housing, a need of which residents are well aware: ⅕ fear being priced out in the next 3 years. The latest target seems to be Poplar Point, an 110-acre riverside site, which could become a university campus, a park, and/or affordable housing.

 

That’s one protected mound of dirt

There’s a pile of dirt in Adams Morgan covered in a sort of stone garage. Turns out it’s an overthrust fault line, first found in the 1920s, and very exciting for people who like rocks.


Also || legendary punk studio Inner Ear broken into, fun facts: you’re more likely to be friends with people on the same transit line as you, hot damn: home prices in Natty Landing double over the last year, new spot serves $10 pizzas, lightning struck in MD, language learning at restaurants can go both ways, students experiencing homelessness get a shot at summer school

A podcast on meditation for the 99%

Mindfulness isn't just for monks and Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Listen to Meditation for the 99% from DC-based writer and meditation teacher Jeremy Mohler everywhere podcasts are available. 

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#ThanksWashington

One time, some guy named Alexander Hamilton proposed a whiskey tax, a total bummer to distillery owners—some even tarred and feathered tax collectors. If you didn’t get the chance in history class to sip your favorite peaty beverage while learning about the Whiskey Rebellion, now you can! On the Whiskey Rebellion Trail, DC is marked as the finale, featuring distilleries Cotton and Reed and One Eight Distilling.

 

Take that suit out of the closet

Neil Armstrong’s that is. The famous space suit is on display at the Air and Space Museum for the first time in 13 years. That shit’s been on the moon. THE MOON! There’s lunar dust on there! Go see it while you can.

 

Best rooftop in town

The Kennedy Center is putting on another rooftop happy hour slash boppin’ party with dj sets and the four-part pop group CHAI. (5pm)

 

DC’s ties to the Underground Railroad

Check out this run down of the history of the slave trade in DC and the local sites along the Underground Railroad. Maybe conduct your own walking tour.

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • Attend a vigil for the two people who were struck and killed by a reckless driver while sitting on a bench in downtown DC. Wear white, or red if you and/or a loved one were impacted by traffic violence. (5:15pm)

  • It’s trivia night at Squash on Fire, and this week’s theme is an adventure around the world: answer questions about geography, music, and some flag recognition wouldn’t hurt. Free to participate! (6pm)

Also || World Stories | jane austen garden party | talk: native american brass bands & beyond | Vigil for Neighbors Killed by a Driver | know your rights as a DC tenant | Big Ugly Truck dance party | bento box / boba spot opens in Dupont

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