IN OTHER NEWS …

Men Rescued from Mountain After Getting Too High to Walk  [Vice]  Pff, I see people higher than this every weekend in Adams Morgan.

JP Morgan Chase Announces $10 Million Investment East of the River  [Urban Turf DC]  Hmm, this huge bank says they’re pouring millions into development east of the river to “protect residents from displacement.”  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Nothing Is Too Strange for Cities Wooing Amazon  [New York Times]  DC should lobby for the new Amazon HQ instead of an NFL stadium!  We’d all basically get free Amazon Prime Now, plus robots don’t commute, so no traffic.

What’s the Difference Between DC’s Four New Bikeshares?  [DCist]  There are many differences, but one thing they all have in common in that IT STILL MAKES WAY MORE SENSE TO JUST BUY YOUR OWN BIKE.

DC Failed to Enforce the Law for Vacant and Blighted Homes  [WAMU]  I’m not usually one to defend the city’s competence, but isn’t “blighted” a subjective term?  (The city once tried to designate a house I lived in as “blighted” because we didn’t mow the lawn very often.)  This law could just as easily be a tool for them to cynically extract money from homeowners who are too lazy or busy to keep their place up.  Shouldn’t we applaud them for not doing that?

“Instant Neighborhoods” Don’t Really Work, But DC Is Building Them Anyway  [Greater Greater Washington]  Instant neighborhoods, a la NoMa, are like pre-weathered jeans;  tacky, but – and this is an overlooked point – if they’re done well, no one will be able to tell the difference.

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