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“Don’t be like DC”

A Howard alum and current Chicago resident gives advice on how to be a good white neighbor in a black or Latino neighborhood: smile and greet your neighbors, join an existing community organization rather than trying to start your own, don’t call the police. More pointedly, don’t be like DC, where gentrification acts as a “pencil eraser” to long-time black communities, with some residents muting go-go and using the Howard Yards for dog walking.

 

They should’ve called it Lean Inn

A “female-empowerment themed hotel” is coming to DC and we just can’t. Hotel Zena, which really missed the boat on a great name, wants to monetize your feminism by sporting murals of RBG and, probably, serving overpriced aperol spritzes

 

Car2Gone

Share Now, the company that runs Car2Go, is leaving DC - and actually all of the US - at the end of February. Gather ye smartcars while ye may.

 

Rethinking “the drug dealer”

It’s time to rethink who we categorize as--and how we penalize-- “the drug dealer.” Criminalizing those who sell drugs does not reduce drug use or supply. Instead, it has contributed to discriminatory policies resulting in the country’s mass incarceration issue (DC ranks fourth for incarceration rates nationwide) while exacerbating community violence and dangerous drug consumption.

 

A fitness desert

DC has been up there as the nation’s fittest city for a time, but there are hardly any gyms or studios in wards 7 and 8. There’s only one commercial gym east of the Anacostia, so the Department of Parks and Rec has been stepping in, providing access to equipment and classes. Still, greater focus on public safety, quality parks and more resources is sorely needed.


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Stalk Michael B. Jordan

There’s a chance the swoon-worthy beefcake will be filming near Dupont Circle tonight. (heart eyes o’clock)

 

BYT Book Swap at The Phillips

Take a book, leave a book at the Brightest Young Things book swap with a cash bar and late night access to the Phillips Collection. (5pm)
 

15 ways to get in the holiday spirit

Washingtonian’s list of ways to celebrate the holidays in DC includes nightly caroling at the Willard hotel and a waterskiing santa. Or check out the work of two local artists at Georgetown Glow.

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

Also || tunes: 9-songwriter series | no kisses but plenty of wine | belgian holiday bash and clothing drive | how dickens invented christmas | yeahhh there’s a remove trump rally

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