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Things heating up in the architecture fandom

The Trump administration is considering an executive order requiring new federal buildings to be built in a “classical” style. No matter your opinions on brutalism (it’s good, sorry) this is extremely stupid. The move is an outgrowth of the far right’s fetishistic obsession with classical architecture, even though the austere neoclassical style DC is known for is totally based on a lie


“Every once in a while, biking makes me feel weightless”

Friend of the letter Josh Kramer inked a touching comic cover story for CityPaper about the last year of safe streets advocacy. While Vision Zero in DC looks like it is maybe, finally, tentatively going somewhere real, there’s a lot of work to be done in neighboring counties. A community in Montgomery County is mourning the death of Brett Badin, who was killed by a driver on a notorious stretch of Rockville Pike. 


Chonky local cat shows his big ole belly

Wilford is 8 years old, 28 pounds heavy, and 100% ready to party. Oh, and he’s getting healthier and up for adoption.


All the rage: public financing

Local candidates are taking advantage of the new “Fair Elections” program that allows them to receive public financing for their campaigns. With a budget of about $3 million, it’s supposed to help novice candidates run. So far more than $743K has been disbursed. (Participation bans corporate and PAC donations.)


The fight for a driver’s license 

Undocumented immigrants in Virginia could get licenses under a bill that’s moving through the VA legislature. The bill’s chief sponsor says it’s a top issue in the Latino community, and would allow about 300,000 people to get a driver’s license. Maryland, D.C., and 12 other states already have similar laws in order that allow people to get licenses without legal residency. 

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Flex your funk

LIke a gym for a musician,” this jam session allows anyone to practice their chops—and now, following Gypsy Sally’s closing (and Iota’s before that), it’s moved to Pie Shop on H. Monthly, including next Tuesday


Friday: See what the tarot has to say about your love life

Slash Run will host a Valentine’s Day edition of Tarot and Cocktails, (8 pm)


Saturday: Set the vision for Wangari Gardens

Spend an afternoon thinking about what’s next for the beloved Park View community garden. (2-3 pm)


Sunday talk: “Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington DC”

Dr. Lauren Pearlman’s book covers the 1960s and 70s and “narrates the struggle for self-participation in the nation’s capital.” (2-3:30 pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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