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Wake to Washington

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The price of rent

Americans spend 37% of their income on housing. With tens of millions out of work, many won’t make next month’s rent, with the upshot that small landlords operating on thin margins will probably have to sell their properties to corporate operations and Wall Street-based REITs. 

 

The (de)valuing of black properties

53% of black business owners who apply are denied bank financing, a rate far higher than any other demographic group, with their businesses devalued beyond any purely financial reckoning. This investor tried to stimulate a blighted commercial corridor in Birmingham and saw so firsthand.

 

While neighbors reopen, DC stays at home

On the same day that Mayor Bowser renewed our stay-at-home order to June 8, Maryland and Virginia took steps towards a phased reopening. 

 

A grassroots coronavirus response

Despite the numerous factors that should have made it an epicenter of the epidemic, Hong Kong emerged from its peak with merely four coronavirus-related deaths and a staggeringly low transmission rate. The city’s success stems not from a strong executive arm (actually the opposite) but its people: “The organizational capacity and the civic infrastructure built by the protest movement played a central role in Hong Kong’s grassroots response.”

 

Tech movers

Despite the global economic slowdown, Technical.ly reports major new funding for six startups that demonstrate the breadth of the DMV economy. They include the marketing & media startup Morning Consult and Novavax, a vaccine maker racing to prevent COVID-19.


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Emergency & You

Dock at a space station

SpaceX released a true-to-life simulator so you space cadets can practice docking with the ISS.

 

Course on contact tracing

Dr. Gurley at Johns Hopkins is teaching a course on the fundamentals of contact tracing, as well as ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. (Enroll here)

 

Southeast singing

In this WPA Live concert, vocalist/guitarist Brent Peterson will highlight his original works from Brent & Co.'s "Anacostia Songs" album, as well as some of his other compositions. He will speak of his inspiration, process, and connection to the Anacostia/D.C. area. (6pm)

 

"The Hilarious World of Depression"

John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, will give a talk on his forthcoming book of the same name. In conversation with him will be Nats closer Sean Doolittle, and Linda Holmes, host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. (7pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • So you think you know DC? Join What’s With Washington’s host Mikaela Lefrak for a night of virtual DC-themed trivia, open to everyone (but please do them a solid and register by 3pm today!). Also, evergreen call to support local journalism - the event is free but donations are encouraged. (7:30pm)

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