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"The mechanism to displace people now is construction"

Twenty years in, policies developed to attract the "creative class" are now displacing the culture that made cities appealing in the first place. If places like DC continue to pursue growth without addressing gentrification and affordability, they'll also push out the people they hoped to bring in the first place—continuing the cycle in another, more affordable neighborhood.


We just want some goddamned mac

After what seemed like a few one-off flubs, there’s an emerging trend of local food festivals devolving into Fyre-like disasters or being cancelled altogether. Read the autopsies of a few of the festival fiascos and it starts to seem like there's a pattern to the madness. 


The D stands for Data

DC’s scientific team The Lab @ DC uses data to test and improve policy, from a study on police body cameras to unreported rat colonies. Bloomberg Cities interviewed the team.

Interrupting your regularly scheduled programming....730DC TURNS 6

Come to Dew Drop Inn this Sunday to celebrate with us, and bring a friend or five! Caravan over with DC Bike Party, then join a historical walking tour of Brookland, laugh to standup, bop along with live DJs and bands, screenprint t-shirts, and—best of all in our humble opinion—meet your fellow readers. (Sunday, 2-5 pm)

Crowded primary impacts DC dating

“I was getting the meanest twerk at Cloak and Dagger...but she turned around and was wearing a Mayor Pete shirt so now I’m celibate.” Dating is tough—especially when your choice of Democratic presidential candidate could mean a swipe left. 


Art, transformed

We caught up with Transformer art gallery director Victoria Reis about her organization’s work and mission supporting local and international art ahead of this weekend’s gala, one of the biggest nights in the DC art scene all year.

Also || 60% of Uber riders never tip (if this is you, fucking reconsider), the DC composer channeling his social concience into art, "who is Jeff Bezos?," "hug Stephen Strasburg more"

Call Your Girlfriend + more Bentzen burners

The queens of podcasting are coming to DC for BYT’s comedic Bentzen Ball—and they're also taking over our Instagram today, too! Check out the Bentzen schedule here and take $5 off Roxane Gay, Call Your Girlfriend, Maria Bamford, DC Comedy Homecoming, Pete Holmes or The New Negroes with code BFF.


Friday: Awesome Foundation DC’s Birthday

The Awesome Foundation DC has been making small grants to awesome stuff for a decade. From the Funk Parade to DC Bike Party’s Sound Bike, the effort has driven community innovation and engagement. Come celebrate at Penn Social and learn more. (6pm)


Saturday: Rent Control Rally in Lamont Park

DC is currently due for a regular re-authorization of local rent control laws. Rally at Mt Pleasant’s Lamont Park to strengthen those protections, arguably one of the best weapons we have for affordable housing. (3pm)


Halloweekend Pt. I

Lots of Saturday options!

  • Bonfire and house Show at ~Scooby Doo Mansion~ in Mt. P, where you can check out the Meat Sweats and Cocina Collective and take a photo booth pic with a skeleton. (7:30pm)

  • Queer dance night and costume contest at Sattelite Room. (10pm)

  • Beats and burlesque and drag and fire-spinning at Meso Creso’s Benning Road palace (9pm)

  • Party at Love + Solidarity Collective, transformed into a human body (8pm)

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler


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