Carrots Could Make Concrete Stronger and Greener  [Arch Daily]  *Hears the distant rumble of an imminent earthquake*  “Relax, people, this building’s made of carrots!”

A French Brasserie Will Replace American City Diner  [Urban Turf DC]  If this isn’t a metaphor for DC’s last decade, I don’t know what is.

Where Did DC’s Population Live at 1950’s Peak Population Levels?  [InTowner]  Everyone was huddled in the middle, and everything past Florida Avenue was basically the country.  It’s weird to think that LeDroit used to be as crowded as Manhattan.

Bloomingdale Is Now a Historic District, Even Though the Neighborhood Was Against It  [Greater Greater Washington]  I can see why people were conflicted about becoming a historic district; on one hand, they can’t come in and put up a Wal-Mart.  On the other hand, if you put up a non-old-timey porch lamp, a bunch of old ladies show up and hit you with their purses.

Residents Protest Pepco’s Proposed Substation In Mt. Vernon  [Washington Post]  They say that electromagnetic fields, like those generated by substations, aren’t bad for your health, which sounds reasonable.  *Puts on tinfoil hat*  But would they tell you, if they were bad for your health?

Why Criminals Use Real Estate to Launder Money  [Curbed]  It’s complicated, but basically it’s faster to buy a house with a briefcase of drug money, and then resell it, than to buy 150,000 Beanie Babies and then put them all on Ebay.


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