Author Archive for Jonathan L. Fischer

So Long, “Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue”

Dalton Hirshorn has run the pub quiz at Park View's Looking Glass Lounge for about as long as the bar has existed. His trivia night has been praised by the Washington Post, by readers of Washington City Paper, and even by a budding pub-quiz magnate looking to expand his barroom footprint. So Hirshorn, the self-proclaimed "Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue," had [...]

Chatter: Settlers of Catania

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Does a white, gay, reputationally cantankerous former Republican have a shot at becoming D.C.’s next mayor? Even when you put it that way, he just might, according to Will Sommer’s cover story on At-Large Councilmember David Catania. If the race is competitive, reader dcshadyboots put that on [...]

Courtland Milloy Went on a Bike Ride. He Didn’t Learn Much.

Courtland Milloy—twit-tweaking Washington Post metro columnist, knives-out antagonist of local pedalers—went for a bike ride last Friday. And the experience, he writes in a column today, left him with "a tad more sympathy for bikers in general."
How much more sympathy? " this bike-friendly city," Milloy writes, "the driver is always wrong."
Too many local riders, Milloy says, "bike like me. They are [...]

Chatter: Swell Maps

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A map accompanying last week’s cover may have been the most controversial sidebar we’ve run in some time. While readers were almost unanimously rah-rah about Arts Editor Christina Cauterucci’s long look at the history and resurrection of Back Alley Theater, they were split on contributor Maxwell Tani’s accompanying maps tracing [...]

Chatter: Au Revoir, Les Diplomates

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“Oh good, pretty soon the effin’ NIMBYs of DC are going to cause an international incident.” That sentiment, from Twitter user @grahamwjenkins, is certainly one way to interpret last week’s Housing Complex by Aaron Wiener, a look at the complaints of some D.C. residents that foreign embassies have [...]

Chatter: Big Trouble in Little Chinatown

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If a Williamsburg, Va.-based developer gets its way, the residents of the Museum Square Section 8 apartment complex will be out on the street soon unless they can match the $250 million the developer says the land will be worth once the building is torn down, as Aaron [...]

Chatter: Hate the Bin, Not the Binner

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From the perspective of most residents, the District couldn’t have done much worse of a job replacing trash cans and recycling bins across the city earlier this year. Last week’s Loose Lips column showed how ugly things looked from the inside, with one aide to Mayor Vince Gray [...]

Chatter: Christmas, Carol

Carol Schwartz is running for mayor for the fifth time, and her entrance into the race is bad news for independent candidate David Catania, as Will Sommer argued in last week’s Loose Lips column. But is it? “Why are you assuming that Carol Schwartz will only affect Catania’s vote?” commented Thunder. “I know that most of the [...]

The Needle: Olympiack!

The Rings Bling: D.C. is one of four U.S. cities in contention for a 2024 Olympics bid. Dear lord, no. -3
Cattle Tale: Up I-95, a bull (a bull!) escaped from a Baltimore slaughterhouse and was shot by police. -1
Downward Dog Day: At-Large Councilmember David Catania will introduce an amendment to strike the so-called "yoga tax" from the 2015 budget. [...]

Chatter: Track Marks

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The D.C. Council wants to reduce funding for D.C.’s planned streetcar network, pitting some councilmembers against Mayor Vince Gray. Responding to last week’s Housing Complex column, commenter E. Masquinongy blamed the delayed opening of the streetcar’s first line on the D.C. government: “I think that the H Street [...]

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After releasing several radical proposals to change the way children are assigned to D.C.'s public [...]

The Needle: Zooropa!

Chairman of the Bored: Never stop tweeting, former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Never stop tweeting. +2
The New Zoo Thing: Animal babies animal babies animal babies animal babies animal babies. Animal babies? +1
Silver Line Playbook: Whenever the Silver Line opens, Orange and Blue Line riders will get an extra week of inconvenience. -1

The Football Clan: Happy World Cup! [...]

Build Your Own Streetcar and Silver Line!


Finally, finally, D.C. commuters may be able to ride the city’s new streetcar line this year, at least if the acting director of the District Department of Transportation is to be believed. And last month, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority took over the Silver Line from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and is now [...]

Chatter: Welcome to the Fungal

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When dwellings are afflicted by mold, there’s not much D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs can do about it. That loophole—and the health consequences that some residents have said they’ve suffered as a result—was the subject of last week’s Housing Complex column. Although a bill working its way [...]

Chatter: McDuffie’s Wings

Last week’s Loose Lips column pegged Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie as a formidable potential future mayoral candidate—a nod that earned several hear-hears from readers, and a few side-eyes. “I like how a whopping two years with no ethics scandals or trouble constitutes a ‘sparkling ethical record.’ Standards are just so low for councilmembers,” commented Dave, [...]