REAL-LIFE FACEBOOK TOWN: A SOCIAL COMMUNITY IN THE WORKS

Oh, Facebook. What an evil, brilliant, wild invention you are – the startup that shook the world from the comfort of its college dorm room beginnings. Little did we know when Facebook first shimmered across our screens that it would become a staple – much like a morning cup of Joe or checking the mail, we would adapt to seeing what everyone we’ve ever been even mild acquaintances with is up to nowadays. REAL-LIFE FACEBOOK TOWN: A SOCIAL COMMUNITY IN THE WORKS

COOL RUNNINGS, DC STYLE: SUMMER RACES TO RUN

Okay, runners – let’s get one thing straight – I don’t understand you. I don’t claim to, and I’m quite confident that I never will. And that’s okay. I try to imitate you with my once a year steadfast determination to “become” a runner. However, after many failed attempts (and lots of expensive running shoes that have seen the light of only a handful of runs), I’m convinced that becoming a runner is almost impossible – or at least very, very hard. COOL RUNNINGS, DC STYLE: SUMMER RACES TO RUN

PERSONS OF INTEREST: JAKE, CHRIS, AND CONOR OF READ WALL

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(Left-to-right): Jake Shields, Christopher Treppi, and Conor Siegel

In a place like Washington D.C., having one or two nice suits in a man’s wardrobe is a necessity. Finding a suit–the right suit–however, can be quite the challenge. There are so many different components that go into selecting a suit. We are talking about things like color schemes, fit, durability, etc. which are not usually at the forefront of most guys’ minds when they start shopping. PERSONS OF INTEREST: JAKE, CHRIS, AND CONOR OF READ WALL

DO YOU LIKE CATS AS MUCH AS THE OWNER OF THIS HOUSE?

If you have a delirious all-consuming love for cats AND a borderline sociopathic disregard for the opinions of other people, I may have the dream home for you.

Located way out in the middle of unincorporated Concho, Arizona, and priced at a reasonable $240,000, this place takes ailurophilia way too far, and I say that as an unapologetic cat lover who has plush sheepskin catbeds bolted to all of my windowsills and who, at least once a month, while sitting in a bar or restaurant, will sniff the air and realize that one of the articles of clothing I put on that morning had been stealthily soaked down with cat urine at some point.  Let’s go to the photos … DO YOU LIKE CATS AS MUCH AS THE OWNER OF THIS HOUSE?

ARE PARKING SPACES KILLING AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

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When the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment finally approved the 123-unit micro-unit development in Blagden Alley this week, it brought over two years of lobbying and court battles to a close.  Neighborhood residents came out of it with a clear victory; the development, which had been originally approved with zero parking, was now going to include 21 below-ground spaces and a car elevator.  They got their parking spaces – but at what cost? ARE PARKING SPACES KILLING AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

THE POTOMAC IS MUCH SCARIER THAN WE REALIZE

The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me on the Potomac River was one summer, when I was paddling a canoe with my girlfriend, and a huge yacht full of people made a beeline for us.  When they passed within a few feet, they threw down a six pack of beer and then chugged off.  Ever since then, I’ve thought of the Potomac as a happy, benevolent river.  But I have to remind myself that this is not true.  The Potomac is actually a dangerous river teeming with aquatic predators that want to eat you.  No, seriously.  Let’s do a quick rundown of some of the worst. THE POTOMAC IS MUCH SCARIER THAN WE REALIZE

CLEARING SMOG – WITH A BIKE

No matter what way it manifests itself, pollution is a gross problem to have. It could be plastic floating about in the sea, trash strewn about among trees, or perhaps the greatest culprit in today’s times…smog. With some industrial powerhouses in the States’ biggest cities, the US certainly can’t point fingers, but perhaps the place that is deepest down the rabbit hole in terms of pollution, by a lot of standards, is China. CLEARING SMOG – WITH A BIKE