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“Move fast and break things” but for housing vouchers

Yesterday’s CityPaper cover story is on Rapid Rehousing, and it’s worth reading in full. The program is being frequently used by the Bowser Administration to get families out of shelters and into housing, but families run into major problems when the temporary voucher runs out and they suddenly have to cover 100% of the rent. 

 

TOWN HAS RISEN

It’s official: queer nightclub Town Danceboutique is reopening in the former St. Phillips Baptist Church on North Capitol and K St. It’s an interesting story in microcosm, with the old Town having to close for a new U Street condo building and now moving into an old Black Baptist church (that was almost a synagogue in 2017). Now, whether Town is the Kamala Harris of DC gay bars, we can’t really say.

 

What, I just really love the way this dog paints

It’s never too early to become a patron of the arts. And in a real life Air Bud sequel, Sudo, a dog, contributes painted pieces to the District Derp art gallery. Buying one not only gives you the opportunity to hang a painting in your living room knowing full well one day you’ll tell your grandchilden, “you know, a dog painted this,” but District Derp will also give you a bunch of weed as a free gift for your patronage. 

 

xXphilmendelson1952Xx@aol.com has entered the chat

In a unified public statement, all 12 sitting DC Councilmembers condemned Jack Evans’ boneheaded decision to run for the seat he resigned from. Since the statement is about an election, it came from the members in their “personal capacity,” aka Chairman Mendelson’s AOL account. They say that Evans’ run “shows a willful and arrogant disregard for ethics.”

 

It’s not all fine

You may have seen the story yesterday about DC fining residents at “higher rates than any other city in the country,” and you may have heard folks that drive here immediately agreeing. The truth is a little more complicated: topline “fine per resident” data doesn’t account for some things, like that only 30% of tickets issued by MPD were to DC vehicles, or that “fines and forfeitures” also includes stuff like asbestos abatement. (Also, the original Quartz story quotes a lot of libertarian talking points, FWIW.)

ICYMI: Winter’s a beech

There's beauty even in this cold, sometimes harsh season. Know where to look with our seasonal tips for appreciating the winter blooms and nature’s preparation for spring around our city-not-a-swamp


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Fermentation is delicious

Learn how yeast is involved in this wide range some of lovely things: coffee, beer, wine and bread. (6pm)

 

Saturday: Scavenge the Smithsonians!

Join this scavenger hunt through the Smithsonian museums. Competition, prizes and trivia? What’s not to like. (11:30am)

 

Sunday: GROUNDHOG DAY!

Did you know that we have a National Groundhog? Forget that Pennsylvania schlub — Potomac Phil is promising both weather and political predictions this year. Attend yourself to find out, and don’t get stuck in any time loops! (8:30am)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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