City Desk

The Needle: How to Disappear Completely Edition

Radiohead Sends Fans to Brightwood

Everything In Its Right Place: In retrospect, the idea that one of the biggest rock bands in the world would want to do a literature drop at a random street corner in Brightwood Park should have seemed off to begin with. But that didn't stop people from getting excited about the prospect that Radiohead's The Universal Sigh would be distributed, as the band's website promised, near 8th and Jefferson streets NW—a corner where the only landmark is a church and some rowhomes. Turns out the band actually meant 8th and Jefferson SW, near the Hirshhorn Gallery. Moral of the story, which American military planners circa 1812 might have done well to remember: Brits can't handle quadrants. -1

Next Stops, Tysons: For the most part, it's fairly easy to figure out where a Metro station is based on its name (though we're still not sure how Howard University got put in the Shaw station name instead of the U Street one). The Silver Line may be destined to break that pattern. Fairfax County officials have proposed starting the name of four of the nine stations in their jurisdiction with "Tysons," while two would be called "Reston" and two "Herndon." Of course, since the nation's willingness to put any money in actual infrastructure dwindles each day, we're not sure the Silver Line will ever actually open—so maybe this won't really be a problem. -2

Raise Taxes, Please: The survey Mayor Vince Gray's administration announced about the budget, a few weeks before the budget was due to be released, clearly didn't seem to be a serious attempt at gauging public interest; if it were, it might have come out a little sooner. But the results are interesting, nonetheless—respondents overwhelmingly want the government to consider raising taxes. Still not too late to add a new marginal interest rate on the top before Friday, Mr. Mayor! +1

Buy Me Some Prozac and Cracker Jack: And now, time for yet another installment of meaningless national rankings featuring the District! Today's episode: "Most Depressed Baseball Cities." A study compiled by some website you've never heard of ranks D.C. at the top—which is to say, the most depressed baseball city in the country. (Which, given there's only one Major League Baseball team outside the U.S., means in the world.) A complicated and, no doubt, highly scientific methodology ranked the cities based on psychiatrists and divorce lawyers per capita, drinking rates, suicide rates, and number of days per baseball team spent out of contention for the pennant. So the result was really no surprise; any ranking that measures a) lawyers and b) baseball losses is likely to put D.C. at the top. -1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 66 Today's score: -3 Today's Needle rating: 63

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  • Andy

    Um...pretty sure Japanese cities with baseball teams are probably more depressed than DC right now. Not sure about this whole "in the world" business.

    Just saying...

  • Ward Cl3aver

    Mind the Gap

  • noodlez

    I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY WE WOULD BE A DEPRESSED BASEBALL CITY AT ALL? IM SURE THEIR RANKING METHOD IS ALL SCREWY.

    THE MOST DEPRESSED BASEBALL CITY HAS TO BE CHIGAGO AND THOSE CLOWNS THAT IN THE BOROUGH THAT ROOT FOR THE METS.

    WE ARENT EXPECTED TO WIN SO WHY WOULD WE BE DEPRESSED ABOUT GOING TO A BEAUTIFUL STADIUM, GETTING 2 FOR 1 BEFORE 7PM, WALKING AROUND EYEBALLIN THE THE SEXY LADIES THEN SITTING BACK WATCHING AND ROOTIN FOR OUR NATS.

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