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Do or die for the 9th Street bike lane

After 5 years of planning, the Mayor quietly cancelled a protected bike on 9th Street NW from the Archives to the 9:30 Club. The Council is voting on Tuesday to compel DDOT to move forward with the project. 


Metrocare for All

A majority of the Council is joining CM Allen to introduce a bill that would effectively make using public transit free for residents. The proposal would redirect any budget surplus to provide $100 a month for every resident’s SmarTrip, and direct investments towards improving bus service in underserved communities. 


Sail on, Trader Joe

Joe Coulombe, who was born on a California avocado ranch, was 89. The founder saw his creation grow into a 500-store chain that grew from hippie roots to yuppie markets, retaining all the while its ability to seem both “local and national.”


Naked and afraid

Though it boasts more than 200,000 members nationwide, the nudist community struggles with racial inclusion. Case in point: the Pine Tree Resort in Annapolis, one of two in the state of Maryland, has an almost all white, heterosexual membership. The older members are most reluctant about retaining the status quo for fear of opening up its doors and jeopardizing the club’s existence, creating a hostile environment for people of color.


Love that “green bud”

Amid an unseasonably warm winter, the cherry blossoms have entered the first of their six stages before bloom. No “peak bloom” date has been projected. 

Also || Go-go interpreter, “boosting black business and homeownership won’t actually close the wealth gap,” XFL: DC Defenders fall in LA

No access Washington

Author Beth Kanter takes you through the “secret alleys, hidden caverns, and artistic hideaways” of our city with this lunchtime lecture. (12 pm)


“Dissent is patriotic”

“This year, the Supreme Court will decide the future of everything from DACA to the Atlantic pipeline, from gun violence prevention to the future of the CFPB.” After the President tweeted attacks on Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg, push back on the idea that justices work for the president. (1 pm)


Fix your bike

The good folks from the Bike House take over the Make Fix Anything event series at The Cheshire, with stands, tools, and volunteers to help you get your wheels in order. Plus, all the usual tools and expertise so you can make your bike a hat and earrings, too. (6pm)


U.S. Botanic Garden’s Bicentennial

The U.S. Botanic Garden is celebrating its 200th birthday with a special commemorative exhibit on display through October 15th, including a smell box for visitors to take a whiff of the corpse flower. (No word if it comes with iguanas, who apparently love the botanical garden.)

Also || tunes: Vacation & BRNDA at Songbyrd | on food: Mark Hyman and Rep. Tim Ryan | DEMO by Damian Woetzel

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