Author Archive for Sarah Kaplan

Peace House Residents Facing Eviction Lawsuit

The residents of Peace House got one step closer to eviction when owner Ellen Thomas filed a lawsuit against them yesterday in D.C.’s landlord-tenant court.
The 12th Street NW rowhouse has long been home base for a 32-year-old anti-nuclear vigil in front of the White House that was started by Thomas’ husband, William Thomas. Ellen Thomas [...]

6th and History NE

Last week’s announcement that a Whole Foods will open up on the 600 block of H Street NE drew lots of attention to this once-dilapidated stretch of pavement. But the imminent arrival of the yuppie apocalypse is hardly the biggest thing that’s happened to the block. First developed more than 100 years ago, the street [...]

Dupont Residents Rally Against Serial Car Bandit

"If you ever have seen broken car glass in your hoods, Mr. Gregory Teal is more than likely the person that committed the crime."
That's what MPD's Second District Commander Michael Reese wrote in an email to Dupont Circle residents this July. Teal had just been arrested for the 43rd time for "theft from auto."
Typically Teal's [...]

How Far Can Bikeshare Take You in 30 Minutes?

It may be Capital Bikeshare's third birthday this weekend, but Michael Schade isn't celebrating with cake. Instead, he gave riders a map.
Users can select a Bikeshare station from a drop-down list and see a visualization of exactly how long it would take to get to any other station in the system. Stations that are within [...]

WMATA Puts Green Light on Red Line Service

Good news for those hoping to get an early start to their Labor Day weekends: normal service on Metro's Red Line is now back up and running.
It's a quick turnaround for the line, which was damaged in an overnight derailment. According to a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority press release, two sets of wheels on a [...]

Not in My Back Quad: Can Students Become a D.C. Voting Bloc?

On a September night in 2011, 39 students from D.C. colleges clustered around the steps to Georgetown University’s White Gravenor Hall. From about 9 to 9:50 p.m., they watched a cappella groups and slam poets perform, making about as much noise as three dozen undergraduates can muster without the aid of a pep band or [...]

The Goats Are Here

Zero hour for Operation Goat Cleanup has arrived.

The team of five dozen goats hired by the Historic Congressional Cemetery to deal with its invasive species problem set up shop in the cemetery's wooded perimeter this morning. The industrious animals will spend the next six to eight days chowing down on poison ivy and other unwanted [...]

District Line Daily: A Post-Post Washington

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The Washington Post Co. sold its flagship newspaper to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, in a surprising [...]

Congressional Cemetery Unleashing Goats on its Weeds

What has two horns, a beard, and an appetite for weeds? The Historic Congressional Cemetery's new lawnmowers.
The cemetery has hired a team of more than five dozen goats to graze the plot's perimeter, clearing it of poison ivy, vines, and other unwanted plant pests.
According program manager Lauren Malloy, invasive species pose a growing concern at [...]

District Line Daily: The Chosen Charter

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The world of charter schools is already plenty experimental and controversial, but what happens when you [...]

District Line Daily: How to Fix Everything

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Build more parks. Fix the ANCs. Nix the ANCs. Install cupholders on Capital Bikeshare bikes. The [...]

District Line Daily: Almost Autonomous

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An amendment to the D.C. charter giving the city government power to spend local tax revenue [...]

Why You Still Can’t Find a Cab That Takes Credit Cards

The D.C. Taxicab Commission may have voted to install credit card readers in cabs more than two months ago, but a taxi that lets you pay with plastic is still harder to find than a seat on the Red Line during rush hour.
According to DCTC chair Ron Linton, only about 200 cabs out of the [...]

District Line Daily: Power Hungry

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More than 4,000 Pepco customers lost power Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the utility [...]

District Line Daily: Police Investigating LGBT Attacks

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A string of six attacks on gay and transgender victims in the last 11 days has [...]

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