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Even though it’s technically fall, it still feels like summer. Which isn’t great, because this summer was one of our hottest ones ever.


Washington, D.C. may conjure images of white marble monuments in the heads of most of the world, but those aren’t the monuments people who actually live here care about. We’ve found our own private monuments—places that memorialize our lives in D.C., as they once were, or as they now are.

City Paper published a collection of these private monuments in 1998, and this week, with the help of many of those same writers, we’ve put together another anthology. Jandos Rothstein organized the collection published two decades ago, writing, “the Washington that the world thinks it knows is the one we have no use for. The D.C. we know and love is hiding.” A lot has changed in the following 21 years—for D.C. and the country—but that’s as true as ever.

In this cover story, Washingtonians search for solitude and a connection to themselves, their city, and each other. But of course, these monuments are personal and unique to each person. Do you have a private monument? Let us know by replying to this email.Will Warren (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com is out this week, so try tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • People in D.C.’s increasingly dangerous marijuana gray market want change. [WCP]

  • DCRA employee accused of selling drugs. [Post]

  • Bars and restaurants are getting ready for the impeachment inquiry, because of course. [DCist]

  • Scene and Heard: Tragedy. [WCP]

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

  • Challenge to Trump Hotel’s liquor license thrown out. [ABC]

  • $2.5 million in local funds will help undocumented residents detained by ICE. [DCist]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser pushes (again) for late night Metro service. [Post]

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

  • The organizers of D.C.’s major food events are increasingly spotlighting female, non-white, and LGBTQ chefs. [WCP]

  • Capitol Hill is getting a “red sauce” Italian American restaurant from Matt Adler and Neighborhood Restaurant Group. [WCP]

  • The owner of Mirabelle is suing Chef Frank Ruta for violating a non-compete agreement when he took a job with Ashok Bajaj. [Washingtonian]

  • More pizza for H Street NE. [PoPville]

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

  • Lifting the curtain on Highwood Theatre’s tumultuous unraveling. [WCP]

  • Beauty standards collide in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at Round House Theatre. [DCist]

  • After three years, Rock Creek’s Beach Drive rehab project is done. [WAMU]

  • What’s up with D.C. men and their hair? [Washingtonian]

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

  • Nyla Rose, a D.C. native and the first out transgender woman signed by a major U.S. wrestling promotion, will be in town on Oct. 2 for All Elite Wrestling’s weekly live TNT show, Dynamite. [WCP]

  • Despite the champagne showers and beer goggles, the Nats showed no signs of a hangover in their 5-2 win over the Phillies to remain in the hunt to host the wild card game. [Federal Baseball]

  • Quarterback Case Keenum missed practice yesterday with a foot injury but should be ready for Sunday’s game against the Giants. [106.7 The Fan]

  • The Washington Spirit finished with a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dash and still sit outside the playoff picture with three regular season games left. [nwslsoccer.com]

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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