Restaurants are back open late but affordable transportation is not. With fewer rideshare drivers on the road and curtailed Metro service hours, supply is down and prices are wayy up—rides home for service workers can cost ten times as much. Servers trying to get home at the end of a late shift are caught with no good options; some have quit the service industry all together instead of losing as ⅓ of their wages went to transportation.
Even before the pandemic, Metrorail only operated from 7am to 12:30am at the latest. For openers and closers, that isn’t enough.
Mayor Bowser announced $400 million budgeted to the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) through FY2022, with a goal of producing 3,000 affordable units. On aggregate, half of HPTF funds should go towards units affordable to families making 30% of Area Median Income or less, but DC has only met this goal once in the past 5 years.
“Cicada tacos are flying out of the kitchen” at Cocina on Market in Leesburg, where the “grass-like umami” flavor substitutes nicely for traditional Mexican chapulines. Thip Khao’s chef may be planning an entry of her own.
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