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A taste of home

From cheesesteaks (Bub & Pops) and bagels (Bethesda/Call Your Mother), to fish tacos (Taco Bamba/Mezcalero) and boba (Sharetea/Gong Cha), D.C. transplants—we know there are plenty of them—break down where they go for their hometown fix in D.C. and what makes the real deal the real deal. 


Food insecurity is not an isolated issue

Grocery store deserts come hand in hand with a dearth of affordable housing, all in the shadow of structural poverty and racism. Asha Carter started at the EPA and moved on to train and coach DC residents how to be advocates for food justice; now she works for DC Greens towards food justice and health equity in DC.


The challenger

Former D.C. assistant attorney general Janeese Lewis George is the first to announce a run to replace Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd—a Bowser protege. She wants the June 2020 primary to be a referendum on cronyism in D.C. government, and is a favorite of progressive activists, contrasting Todd who has been more conservative on fiscal and business issues.  


Bozzuto beef in Brookland

Interesting detail in the Bike Rack/Fox Loves Taco closure story: the bike shop’s owner says developer Bozzuto sold them on the space by suggesting a grocery store would soon be across the street. “It is 5 years later and none of those promises have been fulfilled.”


Let's publish more

Your support on Patreon will enable us to publish more and better original stories, like these we've done just this summer: 

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Also || Old Ebbitt Grill sold, GGW’s new Transportation Organizer, Smorgasburg DC now open, Penn Commons (not Social!) closing, how to create more/denser housing around Rock Creek, McSweeney’s: new social archetypes, just for men!, Noname starts a book club

Learn to podcast like a pro

Our friends at Heartcast Media offer podcasting classes and even immersive 2-day workshops perfect for getting your project off the ground, all set to record and publish. Get 20% off with code 730DC. 


Asian American Literature Fest

This three day festival put on by the Smithsonian has readings and workshops going on all weekend at Eaton, the Library of Congress and the Freer/Sackler. Highlights to this editor include poet and novelist Ocean Vuong, Monique Truong, a discussion of Asian YA, and queer/trans ghost stories!


Saturday: Play a little

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is turning into an arcade! Gamers of all levels can play the classics and try out new games, especially ones highlighting communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community. (11:30am-7pm and on Sunday)


Sunday: DC United v. Philadelphia Union

Baltimore’s closer, but sometimes Philly seems like the real rival—two centuries ago we nabbed the Capital from them, then this year they snagged Bryce Harper from us. Let’s duke it out on the pitch. (Sunday, 7:30 pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

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