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Boxy buildings aren’t just lazy architecture

They’re the result of constraints like cost and building codes, leading some to say “accountants are designing these buildings.” Ugly or not, new structures add much-needed housing—and, remember, the rowhouses we fetishize today received many of the same criticisms a century ago.


Ward 7 and 8 want to sit down to eat

Residents are served by just three full-service groceries, assorted carry-outs and fast food joints, relatively limited service from delivery apps. There are only 7 sit-down restaurants east of the river.


Idle Time Books turns a page

The 18th St NW mainstay (est. 1981) gets a new owner in January, who bought the full 40,000-title catalog and promises to continue selling books, but with a new name. The current owner kept the store running after her husband passed away from cancer in 2012; she plans to retire to her home country, New Zealand, after the sale.


For those of you with a shared house spreadsheet

Nerd out on this Aeon essay by a couple who used microeconomics to figure out how to keep working while raising kids: “Households run best when they are organised around the hierarchy of slacks and tensions of people in the household.”

Also || Dollar stores feed more people than Whole Foods, Brookland Manor continues to fight, tell the Mayor: no stadium deal for Snyder, Holmes Norton says yes to Green New Deal

Last call for 730 Showcase!

Don’t forget to come by Bravo Bar tonight for Born Dad and Jacuzzi Suit! Hear a bop, take some shots, and hang with fellow readers and 730 staff. Doors open at 7:30 (get it) and tunes start around 8.

  • If you’ve got ideas for places you’d like to see tunes for a future Showcase, drop us a line.

Support Rhizome

Help DC’s community arts space continue to offer creative and non-mainstream programming. Contribute to their fundraising goal of $20,000 by December 31; each membership tier has perks n blessings. You can donate once, monthly or annually.

Drawdown and dinner

Local changemakers convene for a curated dinner all about climate change, featuring four courses of plant-based food and a cooking demonstration. (7 pm)


Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • First-time storytellers and regulars take the stage at Black Cat to share the unpredictable, hilarious, and poignant turns their lives have taken. (6:30 pm)

  • The Smithsonian's occasional series returns this month to explore the age-old dichotomy of church and state, as told through the day-to-day of two staff members and their experiences. (6:45 pm)

Also || drinking skeptically, Bayside, crafty for a cause, Montparnasse Bienvenüe, politico playbook holiday party, eyedress, Carole King Musical, A Christmas Carol

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