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The word planet at Planet Word 

In May, The Franklin School building will become a museum dedicated to the English language. Planet Word may replace the Newseum as the place you go to if you’re incredibly obsessed with one thing, in this case: words. There’s a 22 foot tall wall of words, alphabet soup in the cafeteria, and something called “wordshops.” 

 

Life & Debt

Debt collection lawsuits are on the rise in D.C., due in part to shady companies buying up unverified debts en masse and aggressively pursuing residents to collect. Consumer advocates say relief may be a long time coming, as D.C. council’s legislation to reform the city’s outdated debt collection laws to better protect consumers may never get out of the committee stage. 

 

End the panels

Anyone who has suffered through the tedium of a panel discussion will enjoy this fun ode to “every D.C. think tank panel ever” —  the grandstanding, the buzzwords, the subtle art of rephrasing banal truisms, it’s all here!

 

No-Scoot-Zones in Arlington 

New rules will keep scooters off the sidewalk and onto bike lanes in places like Pentagon City and Rosslyn. Still some point to local government regulations as e-scooter companies flee less dense areas, especially around the suburbs, because of shrinking profits; remember scooters are only a couple years old, and everyone's still trying to figure it out. 


Lost something? Japan will find it

Infrastructure is social as well as built. Japan’s remarkable system returns more than three-quarters of lost items, relying on community police kiosks, special lost-and-found depots, and an insistence on returning even the smallest found items. 

 

Also || Understand DC’s housing shortage with this one weird chart, your 2020 Nationals projections, cause of eviction: smoking, Metro HQ → offices + retail, investigation of police arresting 13-year-olds at Shaw Metro

Bystander intervention training

Help your neighbors stay safe on a night out at a training designed to share safety tips specific to the nightlife scene. (2pm)

 

Build the bike lane

Handlebars DC organized a protest ride for a safer ride in the eastern part of downtown. (5:30 pm, wheels up 6 pm)

 

Who Loves the Sun

You do! Or rather, you should. Drop by the Air & Space museum to hear physicist Mark Cheung tell you about the hidden wonders of the glowing plasma sphere keeping us all alive. (8pm)

 

Elephant in the room

Tis the season! Story District brings you an Anti-Valentine's Day contest with 12 storytellers sharing true, personal stories in a race to the bottom--to tell the tale of the worst date ever. (7:30pm)

 

Also || bugs, drugs, evolution and medicine | speed dating | Kaytranada night | american ballet theatre: giselle

 

This issue of 730DC brought to you by:
Rodrigo Duran, Nina Kanakarajavelu, Hayden Higgins
sponsored by: Quorum
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