The District’s obscure tax lien sale program has transformed into a predatory system that transforms small bills (like $134 in property taxes) into massive debts and forces vulnerable residents out of their homes when debts to the city are sold to private interests. “This is destroying lives.”
Toxic Housing Discourse: coming to a local listserv near you!
A big part of the plan is changing how growth is distributed: the highest number of new units are planned for “Rock Creek West” (Palisades, Tenleytown, Friendship Heights Chevy Chase, etc), “Rock Creek East” (Takoma and Brightwood) and Capitol Hill. These areas are the furthest behind in the overarching goal of making sure that at least 15% of all housing in a given area is affordable housing.
Now this is all opened to 90 days of public review, and won’t be submitted to the Council until at least next March.
New on our blog: Memorializing a Silver Spring “Jewish-ish” eatery where you could always find a seat, order some matzo ball soup, and—in this writer’s experience—remember a loved one with a personal connection.
… how would you want to spend it? We’re throwing a get-together in a couple weeks and while it won’t be so high-key, we’d like to hear your ideas. We’re particularly interested in activities, vendors, and performances. Points for being easy to pull off.
Wednesday, October 16
Sign up for Thursday’s Data Protected Bike Lane blitz!
For all our Virginia lovers out there--the How’s My Driving app is recreating the success of the Data Protected Bike Lane Project again this Thursday in Arlington! Join for a shift (as little as 30 minutes) and help collect data on driving infractions to show how our bike infrastructure needs help. (all day)
Dupont Underground is hosting its monthly comedy showcase. Go get your laugh on underground. (8:30pm)
The philosophy of Burning Man
Caveat Magister is the author of the new book “The Scene That Became Cities: what Burning Man philosophy can teach us about building better communities.” At A Baked Joint. (7:30pm)
Fun fact: Alex G played guitars on Frank Ocean’s Blonde! That’s a long way for the lo-fi indie songster, who’s well acclaimed in his own right; Stereogum called this fall’s album from the “boy wonder” “the most concise summation of his many talents.” (7 pm)
Asa Chang and Junray head to Hill Center from Japan as part of the Flash of the Spirit Festival. Lauded as Japan’s premier session percussionist, the tabla player can “make S Club 7 sound like Joy Division.” OK. (7 pm)
Go to the grand opening of STABLE, a new visual arts studio in northeast DC. The event will feature drinks and a dance party with DJ Pharoah Haqq. (8pm)
Get yer typin’ fingers ready
Did you know October was American Archives Month? Neither did we. Celebrate anyway with a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on women “trowelblazers” (aka women who made an impact in the field of anthropology). (1:30 pm)
Eastern Market Main Street is holding their second Constitutional walking and tasting tour of Capitol Hill. Last year, attendees caught a glimpse of was the neighborhood was like during Prohibition. This year, celebrate the centennial of America’s 19th Amendment and women in civic life. Plus, your VIP ticket includes a cute goodie bag full of themed treats and 730DC stickers. Cute. (2-5 pm)
Stroll your soul away
Ever wish your spooky October activities had more history attached to them? Head to the Congressional Cemetery for a Soul Stroll - a guided tour on the history of the cemetery with costumed interpreters. (6 pm)
A play about coming to terms with the inevitability of death through Dungeons and Dragons? What more could you want? Catch it at Atlas Performing Arts Center through Nov. 10. (3:30 pm and 6 pm)
Perhaps, the rum is not always gone
Sir Henry Morgan (AKA the real Captain Morgan) was one of the most popular colonial pirates of his time. But just like any other misunderstood and multi-dimensional villain of the seas, Morgan has *layers.* Learn more about the Captain’s “legendary image of spirited freedom thus stands in tension with a form of piracy deeply intertwined with the history of human bondage” from professor John Donoghue at Profs & Pints. (6pm)
“Focusing on vinyl records, and the labels that produced them, this groundbreaking book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution.” (7pm)
Pack the hearing on body cams
Show up to support accountability and transparency from the Metropolitan Police Department at this public roundtable on the use of body cameras. (10:30 am)
We all know the story of the moon landing mission from the astronauts’ perspectives. But what about the people on the ground? Hear the story of the Apollo 11 recovery firsthand from three of the people who had to retrieve the astronauts and return them to port in quarantine. (8 pm)
Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul
Learn about Ethopian music from this documentary about the partnership between a music journalist and a producer who made 120 singles and 14 albums with Ethiopian musicians between 1969 and 1975. (7 pm)