IN OTHER NEWS …

15578723_10157954262390603_689275439599077395_nThe Best and Most Controversial Nativity Designs  [The Guardian]  True story:  when I was growing up in a small Midwestern town, a local family put up a nativity scene with the characters from “The Flintstones,” which some people found disrespectful, and a huge controversy blew up, complete with picket signs and death threats.  Try explaining that one to someone not from America.

Shaw Bike Lane Pushed Back to 2018  [WAMU]  When the city says they’re “choosing between three possible options,” they don’t mention that one of the options is to not build the bike lane at all.  “Churches vs. bicyclists” is going to be the most DC rivalry of 2017.

DC House Flippers TV Show Premieres January 8  [Popville]  Because who wouldn’t want to watch an hour of people painting over black mold and signing tons of documents?

This Privacy Bed Converts to An Anxiety-Relieving Fort  [Dangerous Minds]  I don’t care how old you are, you’re never too old for a bed fort.

If You’re Thinking About Buying a Home In Portland – Don’t  [Seattle Times]  A fascinating story about how when there’s a housing bubble, and everyone knows they’re in a housing bubble, they’re still helpless to resist the cash grab.

Why Don’t Americans Walk Anywhere?  [Slate]  I think the answer used to be, because we like driving our cars too much.  But now the answer is, because we never leave the house.

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