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At this point, it seems like no industry will be untouched by the effects of Coronavirus.


We’ve hit peak Zoom

You’ll probably be in a conference call in your pajamas this week. It’s gonna happen. The whole city is easing into “social distancing.” But now we’ve hit another hurdle: how do we [something wonky + corporate speak] during a pandemic, especially since conferencing technology is notoriously buggy. Some are considering turning to World of Warcraft. 


What would a rent ceiling do?

A new report from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute shows the extent of the impact a cap on rent could have. Their research finds limiting rent for the city’s lowest-income families to 30% of their income could yield an additional nearly $10,000 a year per household.


Testing a new kind of bike lane

When a road isn’t wide enough to handle its own bike lanes and a main street, cars can share a single center lane flanked by two “advisory” bike lanes. These advisory bike lanes are all around the country and in Europe (where they often come with additional built protections), but it would be a first for DC. E St in Capitol Hill will be DC's proving grounds for the concept.


Following the money

DC Line columnist Jonetta Rose profiles Kent Cooper, whose database “DC PowerPlayers” has become an invaluable resource for understanding campaign finance and influence trails at the Wilson Building. (Yeah, we have an election coming up. Hopefully this is under control by June 2 and voting will be unaffected.)

Also || Could we put a pool in the Anacostia?, why all the direct-to-consumer brands that sponsored podcasts are failing, Virginia pie shop’s 103-year-old mastermind

Emergency & You

  • We are sure you have a bathroom to clean, or a honey to write a letter to; maybe you bought those knitting needles and stashed them at the back of the closet with the puzzles and liquor of uncertain provenance. Bring it out. Bring it all out. Get comfy.

Keep busy at home

DCist has rounded up free ways to keep busy with local resources, from accessing thousands of streaming movies via the D.C. library, to listening to playlists of local music, to browsing the Smithsonian archives. 


How to help

We asked Twitter and heard about a couple of ways to help locally: 


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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