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Ever confuse Takoma, D.C. with Takoma Park, Maryland? No? Me neither! But if you have, take comfort knowing they used to be the same thing.   


1,300,000-plus parking tickets per year isn’t enough—the District might write even more, as City Paper’s Tom Sherwood reported yesterday. Indeed, the Department of Public Works (DPW) is going to roll out a new enforcement tool next month, writes Sherwood. Just as with red light running, DPW will use cameras to photograph the license plates of illegally parked vehicles. 

Separately, a private company is testing its phone application, How’s My Driving, which allows everyday residents to report parking violators. 

So far, City Paper readers have a lot of feels.    

“Maybe people will finally start respecting traffic rules. It is Wild West now,” says a reader on Twitter. “This is the worst idea ever! I can’t believe this was approved,” says another. 

“Fair warning to all those who do this to people…It’s a quick way to get your ass beat by a stranger. Proceed with Caution,” warns a third.

Everyone’s thinking of ways to better enforce traffic laws, and getting residents involved isn’t a novel concept. In fact, it’s not even unique to this year. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allenintroduced legislation in May that allowed trained residents to ticket their neighbors for parking infractions. (Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, as we know, takes a different approach to parking in D.C.)

The goal is to reduce the number of traffic accidents. But there’s also a lot of reporting and research that suggests fees can criminalize poverty. What do you think? Write us by replying to this newsletter. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • D.C. dispatchers took four minutes to send firefighters to blazed building where two tenants were killed. The standard is to be dispatched in less than 64 seconds. [DCist

  • The D.C. area needs to add 374,000 housing units by 2030, and more than three-fourths need to be for low- and middle-income families, per study. [Post]

  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson still wants to break up DCRA, and plans to move a bill that does so this legislative session. [Twitter]

  • The newscycle that won’t end: NYT Columnist Bret Stephens is apparently visiting the George Washington University, post “bedbugs” clash. [DCist]

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

  • Defrocked D.C. archbishop Theodore McCarrick breaks his silence. [Slate]

  • D.C. AG’s office to prosecute gay men arrested for sex crimes in Malcolm X Park. [Blade]

  • The Post ran a rare full-page editorial calling on Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell to act on gun control measures. [Post, Twitter]

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

  • Eater’s 15-restaurant fall preview is dominated by male restaurateurs. [Eater]

  • Peregrine Espresso is serving free coffee today to celebrate it’s 11th birthday. [PoPville]  

  • The Meatball Shop looks to be closed on 14th Street NW. [PoPville]

  • How D.C.’s own José Andrés is feeding hurricane victims in the Bahamas. [Post]

  • Does White Claw have staying power past summer? [Thrillist]

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

  • D.C.’s Books From Birth program hits a million. [WAMU]

  • The Book Thing is a gem for Baltimore’s teachers. [Post]

  • Here are the sharpest dressed people in Washington. [Washingtonian]

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

  • The Nats scored seven runs in the ninth inning and pulled out a miraculous come-from-behind victory over the Mets last night, 11-10, thanks to Kurt Suzuki’s three-run walk-off home run. The Post’s Thomas Boswell called it the “game of the year.” [Federal Baseball]

  • More Nats news: Today’s game will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube, so prepare accordingly; Pitcher Aaron Barrett is heading back to the major league after spending time in the minors and rehabbing his excruciating arm injuries. [Post, Yahoo

  • Argentine Yamil Asad returns to D.C. United, according to reports. [Black & Red United]

  • Local media members hit the ice for the Capitals’ media fantasy camp yesterday. [Capitals Outsider]

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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