RETIRED BUSES REBORN AS MOBILE FOOD MARKETS

Many communities are home to “food deserts,” or areas where grocery stores are inaccessible due to distance or cost. Food deserts can form because of deficits in public transit, high food prices, residents not owning vehicles or having limited mobility for various reasons, or other factors. Some areas, including Washington D.C., are lucky to have mobile food markets, which aim to alleviate this difficulty. Retired city and school buses have been turned into food and farmers’ markets in order to distribute fresh food to undeserved neighborhoods in many areas, including D.C., St. Louis and Toronto. RETIRED BUSES REBORN AS MOBILE FOOD MARKETS

ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

When homelessness is a concern, the home-less aspect is often (and unfortunately) only the tip of the iceberg. Those who find themselves battling homelessness can often come from heavy, challenging backgrounds that expose them to things such as abuse, addiction, violence, and more. Finding both the mental strength and physical resources to bounce back from homelessness is no small feat – which is why having effective programs in place cannot be overlooked. ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES COMING SOON

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A rendering of proposed 100-unit affordable housing project on 50th street NE.

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that most DC families with children must spend at least $80,000 per year to have an “adequate but modest” life in the DC metro area, which makes it extremely difficult for households with less than $40,000 to make a living in The District. In the maps below, you will find that most of the DC neighborhoods east of the Anacostia river file as “low-income” on their taxes. MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES COMING SOON

PERSON OF INTEREST: PAUL TAYLOR, DRINK COMPANY

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Paul Taylor, Bar Manager and Partner of Drink Company

First, they gave us “Miracle on 7th” this past Winter, and then they introduced us to Spring with “Cherry Blossoms”. But who exactly is the mastermind behind these carefully designed and well executed pop-up bars that have sent social media users into a picture sharing frenzy? Well, we know… and they are called Drink Company. PERSON OF INTEREST: PAUL TAYLOR, DRINK COMPANY

APRIL EVENT SPOTLIGHT: DC TASTE OF THE NATION

Get your taste on to help end child hunger.


Who: Share Our Strength
What: No Kid Hungry | Taste of the Nation
When: April 19, 2017
Time: 7PM general admission / 6PM For VIP

Where: Nationals Park
Address: 1500 S. Capitol St. SE., Washington, DC

So, every once in a while  an organization comes along who genuinely cares. This organization actually rolls up their sleeves and really tries to make a difference in this world — and Share Our Strength definitely seems to be setting the bar quite high for the rest of us. APRIL EVENT SPOTLIGHT: DC TASTE OF THE NATION

TOP 5 DC ART EXHIBITS YOU SHOULD HAVE ALREADY SEEN

Think Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors is the only hot ticket on the DC art scene right now — think again. Here is your list of the top 5 DC art exhibits you should have already seen — and some are wrapping it up this month.


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Where: The Sackler
When: Ends April 30, 2017

This is that art exhibit that you bring your friends who aren’t all that into art to. This is the gateway drug to the art world. That’s right — schmooze ’em  up with a little line like “Oh my goshhhhhh you love hip hop and graffiti? SO DO I!!!!” — and BAM! They’ll never know what hit ’em. Art fiends for life…

TOP 5 DC ART EXHIBITS YOU SHOULD HAVE ALREADY SEEN