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Over 700,000 strong, for now

The last time DC had this many residents was in 1975. But while 2018 represented a 13th straight year of growth, new Census numbers suggest the city's population could level off. Housing costs are partially to blame, but it's also countercyclical—when the economy is good, people leave.


“The man who attacked me works in your kitchen”

After the courts failed sexual assault survivor Lauren Clark, she took matters into her own hands to make others beware of her attacker. Despite pleading guilty in her case an admitting to assaulting 6 women, the man who assaulted her in 2013 went on to continue his behavior on his way up in the D.C. dining scene, from Brixton to Vidalia, Grist Mill and Le Diplomate, where she saw him and decided to go public.


Picturing protest

Phil Portlock was WMATA’s staff photographer for 29 years. He also “shot the District’s most pivotal social justice movements,” including Dr. King’s last Sunday sermon (at National Cathedral) and the subsequent upheaval.


DC-based dating app debuts

SmileBack makes it a little bit harder to match, but rewards the persistence: They’ll pay (some of) the tab if you visit one of their restaurant partners.


You can read Kojo now

In a boon to us media nerds, they’re transcribing the WAMU host’s conversations now, which is great news—he gets candid conversations with a mix of experts and regular Washingtonians. In this first one, check out a deep dive on “making housing affordable across generations,” featuring very smart, eminently followable urbanists like Payton Chung and Heavy Metal Parking Lot enthusiast Alex Baca

Also || Jonny Grave Live at the Luce, Logan Circle’s Prather Alley to get the Blagden treatment, managing the energy grid during this cold is a full-time job

If you like food, read this


A Long, Long Way: Race and Film, 1989–2019

The Long, Long Way Film Weekend at the National Cathedral showcases Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and BlacKkKlansman, comparing historical and contemporary film to explore narratives of race and prejudice over time. (7pm)


Ivanka vacuuming

It’s just what it sounds like. Flashpoint Gallery hosts conceptual artist Jennifer Rubell and her performance: visitors are invited to throw crumbs (provided) onto a plush pink carpet while Ivanka vacuums (and prompts us to interrogate themes of complicity, role-playing, power, and the sexualized female form, obviously). (6pm)


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