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Hello, D.C. Ward 7’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open this week, and its owner wants to install a “safe use lounge” for patients in public housing and on Section 8 vouchers, who risk losing their homes if they consume cannabis where they live. 

THE NEWS:

Six out of D.C.’s 14 traffic deaths in 2019 occured in Ward 8, and a communication gap between residents and the city isn’t helping. On Saturday, transportation officials met with residents there in an effort to close that gap and engage them in upcoming safety projects.

D.C. residents have been taking the city to task over rising traffic deaths for years. Though the death count is currently down from last year, it’s gone up every year for four consecutive years.

Residents at the Saturday meeting at THEARC Theater kept bringing up a specific section of Alabama Avenue SE. In short: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) removed a bike lane on Alabama Avenue SE after some residents complained because they lost three blocks of parking when the bike lanes went in. 

Residents at the meeting expressed being blindsided by the new bike lane—the first they heard of it was when they lost their parking. DDOT Director Jeff Marootian underplayed the controversy. “Our projects are not limited to one component. Alabama Avenue is not a bike lane project—it’s a safer streets project,” said Marootian,And so we are here to communicate about all of the components of these types of projects so that residents have a full picture of what to expect.” 

DDOT’s additional Ward 8 plans include a bike lane, contraflow lane (meaning traffic goes in the opposite direction of surrounding lanes), shared lanes on Stanton Road SE, and a bike lane on Wheeler Rd SE.Marootian says the Alabama Avenue SE project also includes two concrete medians and visibility crosswalks, which still remain. 

“Here’s hoping they can get those bike lanes on Alabama Avenue, because it’s not safe,” said Malik Abdul, who’s lived in Ward 8 for roughly 17 years. “The challenge is that in this ward, we don’t have the political apparatus that is in support of this type of infrastructure,”Abdul added. 

It’s true. Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon Whitequestioned whether bike lanes make streets safer last month.

“Residents living on Alabama Avenue should have a say,” said Mary Buckley, a resident who’s lived in Ward 8 for 13 years. 

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MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE: 

  • Some D.C. restaurants are prepared to handle an active shooter threat, including Pizzeria Paradiso. [WCP]

  • D.C. police made an arrest in the July 10 homicide of Andre Broadie. [Twitter]

  • Jared Kushnerowns thousands of apartments in the Baltimore area, some with code violations. [Fox5

  • The rent is too high: over two-thirds of one-bedrooms near public transit see higher rents in 2019. [Curbed]

  • WMATA flushed $500,000 down the shitter. [WAMU]

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

  • Summer jobs program site shut down. [Post, DC Auditor]

  • Campaign to recall Councilmember Jack Evans has spent $616 of its total $5,200 in contributions. They’ve collected 1,850 of the 5,200 signatures needed so far. [OCF, Twitter]

  • Councilmember Brianne Nadeau gives the Department on Disability Services a weekly homework assignment. [WCP]

  • Gov. Larry Hogan “muted,” “gutless,” “weak” in statement on Trump’s attacks on Baltimore. [Post]

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

  • This bar has private cabanas to rent but no pool. [Washingtonian]

  • “Customers need to take responsibility for making people’s lives harder.” [Eater]

  • Can cutting fruit be considered an act of love? [Post]

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

  • D.C. writer Tope Folarin talks about his debut novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man. [WCP]

  • Everyone is dropping out of Woodstock 50, apparently set to take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. [Rolling Stone]

  • Sarah Yerkes just released her first book of poetry—at age 101. [Post]

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

  • It was Coco Gauff mania this past weekend at the Citi Open tennis tournament (which is managed by City Paper owner Mark Ein). Gauff, 15, won two matches to qualify for the main draw of the tournament that begins today at noon. [Tennis.com]

  • Fairfax’s Bethany Sachtlebenfinished second in the women’s marathon at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, in a personal best time of 2:31:20. [Reuters]

  • Max Scherzer is still dealing with an upper back injury and may miss another start on Tuesday. [MASN]

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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