Wake to Washington

this one's for the dogs who finally got to wear their USPS costumes

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A 730D-Plea: If you can, vote before Election Day

We join DC Board of Elections Chair Michael Bennett in urging everyone who can to vote before Election Day at an early voting center or by using a ballot drop box. Long lines are anticipated and both Bennett and Mayor Bowser say they are preparing for protests and unrest on Election Day that could affect voting centers. 


Remembering Lorraine Marie Thomas

Thomas, 21, a volunteer neighborhood ambassador with the Cure the Streets violence interrupters, was shot and killed in her car Friday. She is remembered as a vital part of brokering a truce in her Southeast neighborhood that led to months of peace, and had aspirations of becoming a professional violence interrupter. Her death marks 163 homicides in DC this year.


Catching the wave

It's here: Coronavirus cases, on the rise nationally, have begun to jump in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This weekend, DC reported more than 100 new cases per day, with a Saturday count that was the highest since June. You’ve heard this before but we’ll say it again: Wash your hands, wear a mask, and if you can, stay home.

Map out how to moveDC

Josh Kramer is back from the future to help us understand how DC residents can contribute to the city's "moveDC" long-term transit plan. (There are even maps you can annotate with your thoughts!) Interacting with your feedback and the city's Vision Zero plan, moveDC can be a big-time tool for a more sustainable, safer, more enjoyable city. 


Big deck energy

The ambitious $10B+ plan to modernize Union Station — which includes adding capacity for high-speed rail and a deck over the railyard — has hit a familiar snag: parking. Officials from the federal agency that owns the station want a 10-story parking garage (!) in the project, but even noted parking defender Mayor Muriel Bowser says that's too aggressive. She's joining the DC Council, ANCs, and residents in pushing to cut the current 2200 spots to fewer than 300.

  • Parking is the primary source of revenue for the management company that operates Union Station. 

  • The design still has to make it past the National Capital Planning Commission, which grants zoning approval, and the NCPC has already asked for less parking.

Also || Echostage changes handshacker took over DC101's blog for the Unabomber, these landlords file the most evictions in the city, CBP and ICE being dispatched to DC to provide Election Day "security", the messy politics of Nextdoor, Northern Virginia’s Vietnamese community splits over Trump and Biden, the Latinx vote comes of age

Emergency & You

This is a Nordland Line train to the Arctic Circle. Step back, doors closing

Everyone handles weeks like this one in different ways. May we recommend completely dissociating with a 10 hour train journey to the Arctic Circle? [Good train sounds, available in four seasons, 10/10 ride –Patrick]


Channel your inner Van Gogh

A great way to recharge and reset for the week ahead is taking your paintbrush to the canvas. Virtually paint the night away with local watercolor artist Sam Testa. (5:45pm)


Get outside

Break out your jacket and go see some leaves or ruminate on your personal Joy Tool Kit. Alternatively, Washingtonian and DCist have both published guides to protests happening this week.

Also || talk: Stolen, Mindful Breath Meditation, Anxious People book club

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