Paris to Start Heavily Taxing Vacant Homes [Better Dwelling] If cities really want to combat real estate speculators keeping their properties vacant, all they have to do is legalize squatting.
Above Ask: the Latest in DC Bidding Wars [Urban Turf DC] A quarter-mil above ask in Mount Pleasant?! I once got caught up in the heat of the moment and engaged in a bidding war for a vintage Danzig t-shirt on Ebay, for which I ended up paying over $200. I wonder if this Mount Pleasant buyer has a similar moment to mine, when the fog of competition cleared my head, and I exclaimed, “for God’s sake, what have I done?”
Some DC Restaurants Now Let You Tip the Cooks with Booze [Washingtonian] Sending liquor to men wielding sharp knives around open flames – what could possibly go wrong?
Banksy Redecorates Mideast Hotel with “Worst View in the World” [The New York Times] Not gonna lie, if I was a world famous artist, this is exactly the kind of trollish thing I’d be doing.
The Curious Case of the Shaw Bijou [The Ringer] I guess DC conclusively can’t support a small, $500-a-head restaurant. But is that even a bad thing?
A New Map Celebrates Paris’ Brutalist Architecture [Arch Daily] It’s never been more convenient to see all the most hideously alienating anti-aesthetic buildings.