DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PARKS AT WALTER REED

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Keeping tabs on a city like DC can seem daunting ­–– there are so many moving parts to keep track of and so much that’s changing on a regular basis. And while your commute home might be filled with more “When did that open?” and “Has that always been there?” moments than you’d like to admit, one thing’s for sure: It’s easy to stay interested in this humble abode we like to call home. One of the most exciting and buzzed about developments on DC’s calendar as of lately is The Parks at Walter Reed. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PARKS AT WALTER REED

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: GIRLS’ NIGHT IN

As the nation’s capitol, DC has naturally become a hub for innovation, startups, and businesses with backbone. We’re constantly pushing the conversation, and proud of it. While our scene is full of some of your “typical” startups (side note: can a startup actually be typical?) such as software companies, tech companies, and non-profits, we also continue to have folks push the envelope as entrepreneurs in other, more out-of-the-box areas. One example is a local startup catering exclusively to women: Girls’ Night In. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: GIRLS’ NIGHT IN

DO GOOD: WHERE TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME IN DC

If you want my advice about the news, it would be this: avoid it, at all costs. Now before anyone is up and arms about the boldness of that statement, hold your horses…I’m joking (mostly). In all honesty, though, today’s news climate is draining to say the least. It’s not a good sign if I don’t feel I can take on the realities of the world we live in without a good buzz going on. With that being said, more and more, I have been seeking out positive ways to impact the community (and no I’m not talking about actively drowning my sorrows in the cheapest Pinot Grigio I can get my hands on). I’m talking about volunteering. DO GOOD: WHERE TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME IN DC

STUDIES CONFIRM THAT EVERYONE SHOULD LIVE ALONE, EVEN (ESPECIALLY) IF YOU’RE MARRIED

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I always say that the fastest way to ruin a relationship is to move in together.  Nothing kills the spark of romance like discovering that your significant other is a secret hoarder who takes 45 minute showers and puts their clipped toenails in the potted plants.  And yet cohabitation is widely accepted as a necessary step in “real” coupledom.  Imagine my surprise when it turned out that science supported my side. STUDIES CONFIRM THAT EVERYONE SHOULD LIVE ALONE, EVEN (ESPECIALLY) IF YOU’RE MARRIED

DC ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: HICKOK COLE

Even if you don’t have an affinity for architecture, you must agree – it is the backbone of any city. It singlehandedly creates the skyline, gives dreams a place to fester, and hosts hustle inside of its walls. The best part of architecture is that it’s a form of creativity. Some of you might be saying, wait, hold up, doesn’t architecture involve equations that ensure the roof doesn’t cave in and crunching numbers to make sure that doors are going to open? Yes, all of that is true. But it’s also an artistic expression, and as such, us admirers are lucky enough to see a variety of different takes on how a building is built, from the inside out. One of DC’s prominent architect groups is the firm Hickok Cole.

DC ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: HICKOK COLE

REVIVE YOUR BROKEN BELONGINGS AT A REPAIR CAFE!

If you have ever woefully thrown out an appliance or piece of furniture because you didn’t know how to fix it, a “Repair Café” may be just what you are looking for. These Cafés are community organizations that bring together fixers and tools with people who have broken things. The repair experts may be hobbyists, pros or retired experts who have skills and time to share with their community. Café’s typically meet in spaces such as community centers, libraries or art centers, or may have a more permanent designated location. REVIVE YOUR BROKEN BELONGINGS AT A REPAIR CAFE!