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Nats fans witnessed history last night. For the first time since 1933, our baseball team is World Series bound.

“This team wasn’t even supposed to be in the playoffs, not with the way it played in the first three months of the season,” writes City Paper’s Kelyn Soong, who was at the pivotal game. “But the players maintained their trust in [Nationals manager Dave] Martinez and earned a wild card berth against the Milwaukee Brewers with a late-season push.” 

Also: While the Nats peaked at the perfect time, CNN peaked too soon. The network held a seven-hour debate on climate change last month, but asked zero questions about the crisis during last night’s Democratic presidential debate. (FYI: climate change is impacting D.C. now.) 


Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to build affordable housing in D.C.’s affluent neighborhoods. Bowser set a goal to create 36,000 new housing units by 2025, including 12,000 affordable homes throughout the city. On Tuesday, she revealed where she wants to build. 

“The current distribution of affordable housing in Washington, DC reflects a legacy of racially discriminatory and exclusionary policies enacted in the past century, which cannot be corrected overnight,” says the 20-page report outlining Bowser’s proposal. “The whole city has a role in providing affordable housing and access to opportunity to address this legacy, particularly along racial and income lines.” 

Here are the basics:

What does Bowser mean by “affordable?”

The mayor is defining affordable housing as subsidized rent so it costs less than 30 percent of the household income. Each year, the city releases rent and income limits for households that earn up to 80 percent of the D.C. area’s median family income, which is based on federal standards. D.C.’s 2019 median family income limits of 80 percent or below are $97,050 for a family of four and $67,950 for a single person. 

Where is she building?

Here are a few maps to get you started. The goal is for at least 15 percent of housing in each planning area to be affordable. Planning areas that are well below the minimum include Rock Creek West, Rock Creek East, and Capitol Hill. Meaning, these areas have a lot of catching up to do. Rock Creek West, for example, includes some of the highest-income neighborhoods like Chevy Chase, Spring Valley, and Palisades. The affordable units there will increase from 470 to 1,990 units. 

How will Bowser take on the NIMBYs? 

She was asked about this at a press conference on Tuesday. The Post’s Robert McCartney asked Bowser to react to hateful comments on his story about her affordable housing proposal. Her response: “I never read comments.”

The District has not detailed how it will create or pay for the housing. 

Have more questions? 

Bowser also released changes to the city’s 20-year framework that guides development, or the Comprehensive Plan. D.C. is hosting various public forums about all of this; more information is available online. It’s complicated stuff! 

Spot something interesting or puzzling in the revised Comp Plan? Write me by replying to this newsletter or emailing me directly. We’ll look into it. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • Federal appeals court agrees to re-hear emoluments lawsuit against Donald Trump. [Post, Politico]

  • Janitor strike averted after union that represents 11,000 workers reaches tentative contract agreement. [Twitter

  • Howard’s student newspaper is facing a financial crisis. [DCist]

  • There are “magic mushrooms” at Johns Hopkins. [WAMU]

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

  • Maryland man says D.C. jail kept him locked up for two weeks after he should have been released. [Twitter]

  • Trump’s businesses reported one set of figures to investors, and another to New York City tax authorities. [ProPublica]

  • Maryland moves toward new education funding scheme. [WAMU]

  • Almost half of renters in the D.C. area are cost burdened. [Curbed]

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

  • An ode to Tex-Mex disguised as a review of Republic Cantina. [Post]

  • The current slate of D.C.’s hottest bars. [Eater]

  • Tea is having a moment in America. [Thrillist]

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

  • Local author Sid Balman Jr. discusses his new book about radicalization and violence, Seventh Flag. [WCP]

  • Downtown Silver Spring’s revitalization brings a new series of outdoor murals from D.C.’s own No Kings Collective. [Washingtonian]

  • Make way for pugs. [DCist]

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

  • You weren’t dreaming last night, Nats fans. The team really is going to the World Series. [WCP]

  • Even the New York Timesis writing about how much D.C. sports teams (not including the football team) are winning.

  • Jay Gruden says he has been “bored out of my mind” since being fired by the local NFL team. [106.7 The Fan]

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

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