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NoMa residents, housed and unhoused, brainstormed solutions to the underpass encampments that’ve pitted neighbors against one another. No one from the city government, however, was there to listen, City Paper’s Chelsea Cirruzzo reports.  

Street Sense held a public forum Thursday evening, featuring a panel that included someone who lived in an encampment, housed residents, and advocates. Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Wayne Turnage and the NoMa Business Improvement District declined to participate in the panel. But Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa BID and the author of the August letter that sparked conversations around who the underpasses serve, attended and spoke up several times. 

The fact that no one from the government was present—executive or Council—was a regular topic of conversation over the course of the night. DMHHS cited pending litigation when it declined to attend.     

Thursday’s forum is the first time residents with differing views met in public to talk about the encampments. Before this, the discussion was just happening online or separately in private. Many housed residents instead emailed officials, calling on them to clear the encampments so they can walk by without feeling bothered or unsafe. Last night everyone was at least able to hear from one another. Read about that discussion and the solutions offered.—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, byAmanda Michelle Gomez:

  • At least 1,538 people urgently need housing to end long-term homelessness. [The Way Home]

  • Backstory of the climate protest disrupting morning traffic. [DCist]

  • What WeWork’s woes might mean for D.C.? [WAMU]

  • Column tears into racist responses to a story about the shootings of two brothers. Check out the original story, it’s powerful. [Post, Post

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • The effort to recall Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans flops. [WAMU]

  • “One can conclude that the voters in Ward 2 do not want me to leave office and others should take note of that,” Evans tells the Post following the announcement of the failed recall. [Twitter

  • Another challenger in Ward 4. [DCist]

  • Cops find possible pot shop in Georgetown bookstore. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Buffalo & Bergen opens on Capitol Hill today with apple-themed cocktails and Jewish deli comfort food. [WCP]

  • The latest in ChefMassimo Fabbri’s cocaine case. [Post]

  • Has anything changed two years into the #MeToo era in restaurants? [Eater]

  • How to sip a little beer history thanks to revived brews. [Washingtonian]

ARTS LINKS, byKayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Two contemporary art shows are examining the resonance of found object artwork. [WCP]

  • “Now”—the latest cartoon from Liz Montague. [WCP]

  • After opening more than a year ago, the Entertainment and Sports Arena’s naming rights still haven’t been sold. [DCist]

SPORTS LINKS, byKelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Trent Williams blasts Washington football team president Bruce Allen as the reason for his fallout with the team. “It just goes to show you how behind the times [Allen] is,” Williams told Les Carpenter of the Post, “and he still tries to use that money to hold it over black athletes.” [Post]

  • Fifteen-year-old tennis star Coco Gauff is planning to return to the Citi Open (a tennis tournament managed by City Paper owner Mark Ein) next summer. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Terrance Williams decommitted from Georgetown University, adding to a tumultuous week for the men’s basketball program. [ESPN]

  • Anthony Rendon or Stephen Strasburg? Nats owner Mark Lerner says the team can’t afford to keep both. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • But playoff hero Howie Kendrick will be returning after he agreed to a one-year deal reportedly worth $6.25 million. [Post]

MAKE PLANS, byEmma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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