Author Archive for Jonathan L. Fischer

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, [...]

Chatter: Oral Arguments

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Dream City, the 1994 account of Marion Barry’s D.C. by Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe, never got a paperback edition, but 20 years later, it’s become a cult read among the city’s aspiring political cognoscenti—and the subject of last week’s oral history by Will Sommer. “Dream City is a [...]

The D.C. Commencement Speaker Matrix

Sitting through a commencement address is surely among the least important things that happens during a college career. It’s also the one that inspires the most disproportionately passionate reactions. The announcement that Sean “Diddy” Combs would address Howard University graduates this spring was greeted by both cheers and some skepticism, since Combs is a Howard [...]

Chatter: Park Morton’s Salt

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In last week’s Housing Complex column, Aaron Wiener chronicled the stalled progress of Park View’s Park Morton complex, whose public housing is slated to be redeveloped as part of the city’s New Communities project. To which reader Max responded, sparking a thread of more than 70 comments, [...]

Chatter: Apple Cider Libertarians

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D.C.’s heritage produce and small-batch kombucha sector is booming, and the District government is starting to catch up: In last week’s Young & Hungry column, Jessica Sidman reported on a new battery of fees and regulations to which local farmers’ markets must now adhere. The first commenter on [...]

With a Restored Signal and New Shows, WPFW Tries to Move Past Its Internal Conflicts

Some new voices are appearing on WPFW-FM, and they'll be a lot louder than what listeners of the long-troubled jazz and lefty talk station have become used to: Following several years of weakened broadcast power—including one week last December in which the station dropped off the terrestrial airways entirely—WPFW announced this week that it has [...]