RETIRED BUSES REBORN AS MOBILE FOOD MARKETS

Many communities are home to “food deserts,” or areas where grocery stores are inaccessible due to distance or cost. Food deserts can form because of deficits in public transit, high food prices, residents not owning vehicles or having limited mobility for various reasons, or other factors. Some areas, including Washington D.C., are lucky to have mobile food markets, which aim to alleviate this difficulty. Retired city and school buses have been turned into food and farmers’ markets in order to distribute fresh food to undeserved neighborhoods in many areas, including D.C., St. Louis and Toronto. RETIRED BUSES REBORN AS MOBILE FOOD MARKETS

THESE “SPITE HOUSES” ARE MONUMENTS TO THE DEPTHS OF HUMAN PETTINESS

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Whoever came up with the economic law that people always make rational decisions clearly never saw a spite house.  (Someone actually won a Nobel for disproving that law.)  A spite house is a structure that’s built for the sole purpose of annoying someone, usually by blocking a view or access.  As a phenomenon, the spite house dates back to at least the early 18th century, when the youngest of three brothers in Massachusetts, angry about his share of the inheritance, built a tiny wedge-shaped house in front of the family mansion, just to ruin their view.  It didn’t get him into the will, but I bet it made him feel better.  Spite houses have been around for centuries and can be found in every part of the world, thus proving that if there’s a universal sentiment, it’s probably not love – it’s probably spite. THESE “SPITE HOUSES” ARE MONUMENTS TO THE DEPTHS OF HUMAN PETTINESS

ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

When homelessness is a concern, the home-less aspect is often (and unfortunately) only the tip of the iceberg. Those who find themselves battling homelessness can often come from heavy, challenging backgrounds that expose them to things such as abuse, addiction, violence, and more. Finding both the mental strength and physical resources to bounce back from homelessness is no small feat – which is why having effective programs in place cannot be overlooked. ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

“The ground floor features an open floor plan, so you have large living/dining/sitting rooms that are more or less interchangeable. The lavish kitchen sports Brazilian countertops, Italian cabinetry, and European tiles; when you cook, the least classy thing in the entire kitchen will be, well, you.”

“The ground floor features an open floor plan, so you have large living/dining/sitting rooms that are more or less interchangeable. The lavish kitchen sports Brazilian countertops, Italian cabinetry, and European tiles; when you cook, the least classy thing in the entire kitchen will be, well, you.”

MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES COMING SOON

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A rendering of proposed 100-unit affordable housing project on 50th street NE.

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that most DC families with children must spend at least $80,000 per year to have an “adequate but modest” life in the DC metro area, which makes it extremely difficult for households with less than $40,000 to make a living in The District. In the maps below, you will find that most of the DC neighborhoods east of the Anacostia river file as “low-income” on their taxes. MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES COMING SOON

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL DREAM OF ICE CREAM

Spring has sprung! (sorta) We’re still in that aggravating part of the year where the weather is having major mood swings and you have to check your phone in the morning to be certain whether you need a parka or shorts. After all, sunshine doesn’t always equal warmth. However, real Spring is so close, I can feel it. The flowers are budding with abandon, we’ll soon be sneezing a gross amount, and sunshine will be accompanied by warmth creeping over our bare shoulders and legs. Alas! I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL DREAM OF ICE CREAM

C.A.T.S ON A MISSION: A DC INITIATIVE

Whether we’re way too many games of Words With Friends deep into our phone, scrolling through our enviable Instagram feed, zoning out to the umpteenth episode of Modern Family, reading the news, creeping on Facebook, or just going about our business, there’s one thing that we can never seem to escape: ads. They’re even all up in our grills as we stroll down the street, or go to take the metro. And while some might, quite literally, turn the other cheek…some simply won’t stand for it. Case in point: The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service. C.A.T.S ON A MISSION: A DC INITIATIVE