Archive for May, 2012

Photos: Chuck Brown’s Homegoing

Slideshow. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, May 31. © 2012 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Wind Us Up One More Time Edition

Chuck Brown Goes Home: Now that's how you throw a funeral, D.C. Thousands of fans packed the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to celebrate the life of Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, with music, stories, prayer, and laughs. There were some politicians there making political speeches—in which the city was promised not just a [...]

Photos: Chuck Brown’s Memorial Service

Convention Center, May 31
For a gallery of photos click image.

Ghosts of D.C.: Georgetown Canal Murder

Crossposted from Ghosts of D.C.
I was poking around the archives of both the Washington Post and Washington Times to come across a gem of a story to share, and the one that caught my eye involved two Georgetown boatmen engaged in a brutal fight to the death.
Reading through any article titled "Murder in Georgetown," you're primed for a taste [...]

Meet Your New City Desk Writer!

Some home news on a new Washington City Paper staff writer starting soon—and the identity of the blogger behind the DC Porcupine Tumblr. Here's the text of an email announcing the hire:
Colleagues-
We made a hire this week: Will Sommer, former City Paper intern and current Patch staffer, is going to start in a couple of weeks [...]

District Line Daily: Meet Michael Sindram, Ramen Takes Over

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Thursday, and our print edition is hitting [...]

Photos: United House of Prayer Parade

Slideshow.  6th and M St., NW to Logan Circle.  May 26th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Wind Me Up, Congress Edition

Wind Me Up, Congress: If Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has her way, Aug. 22 will be known as Chuck Brown Day nationwide. The District's non-voting delegate to the House introduced a bill to recognize the Godfather of Go-Go on his birthday. Of course, with the partisan nature of Congress these days, even symbolic bills don't [...]

Charles Hurt’s Bikeshare Rant is Sexist, Too

Everyone's read Charles Hurt's totally batshit column about Capital Bikeshare for the Washington Times, right?
If you haven't, Martin Austermuhle at DCist very capably broke down just how batshit it is. But while Hurt's argument that Bikeshare is a Communist plot is exceptionally virulent, the public-transit-is-for-pinkos point isn't an entirely new one.
What is particularly chafing to [...]

The Rent Is Too Damn High, Even With a Degree

An area defined by its cutthroat politics and gridlocked traffic doesn’t exactly scream “welcome.” But according to Apartments.com and CareerBuilder.com, D.C. is the best city in America for recent college graduates.
With a $39,000 average entry-level salary and low unemployment rate, the District has the highest opportunity and earning potential of cities in the U.S., says Jennifer [...]

District Line Daily: Improv Owner Missing, Mayoral Speculation

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Wednesday, and Mitt Romney has clinched enough delegates [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Mixed-Use Like Crazy Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

What’s That Over There?: JDLand reports, "Back in March I wrote that something was afoot on the block just north of Nationals Park where Nats Parking Lot F resides, and new confirmation of that is a filing with the Zoning Commission for [...]

Photo: Man on Platform

West Falls Church station. © 2012 Michael W. Hicks

Photos: More of Chuck Brown’s Viewing

Slideshow. Howard Theater, 600 Block T Street NW. May 29. © 2012 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Hot Again Edition

SmarTrip Getting Smarter: Some day soon, paper farecards may be a thing of the past. That's because Metro is planning to unveil new SmarTrip cards that cost less than the $5 the current cards run you—which, coupled with a $1 surcharge for paper cards that kicks in in July, means even tourists may well just [...]

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