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What better way to look back at 2019 than through the eyes of City Paper’s Darrow Montgomery?

He’s pedaled around the District and captured the soul of this city with his camera

In 2019, Montgomery took photos of Florida Avenue Market, “an island of old D.C. in the ever-encroaching new,” and a man who’s just gotten his U.S. citizenship. He’s documented D.C.’s eccentricity—see the photograph of what looks to be bride on a scooter—and its determination, with a photograph of Dusty Hernandez-Harrison’s comeback. 

“Montgomery’s main observation about his collection is that the color red comes through in so many of the photos. It’s the color of the World Series-winning Nats, the paint on the back of a pile of wooden crosses meant to honor each of D.C.’s homicide victims, an old lost glove, and berries,” writes City Paper’s Alexa Mills. “Maybe you’ll see something entirely different in Montgomery’s D.C. of 2019.”

While you’re at it, look back on 2019 by checking out City Paper’s most viewed stories. We’ve also been tweeting about the staff’s favorite stories on Twitter dot com—ones that made an impact, ones that made us laugh or tear up (just a little bit). Follow along @wcp. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com 

CITY DESK LINKS, byAmanda Michelle Gomez:

  • City Paper continues to update Lives Lost, a months-long project to honor 2019’s homicides victims. [WCP]

  • Singer, hair stylist, entrepreneur, top gospel promoter, and D.C. icon Rosetta Thompson, 1939-2019. [WCP]

  • Mobile app will let users report traffic violations directly to D.C. government. [DCist]

  • This immigrant who experienced homelessness graduated college and now teaches at the school that saved him. [Post

  • Deaf culture and faith mix at Gallaudet University. [RNS]

  • Folks have until Jan. 31 to recycle Christmas trees. They won’t be composted after that. [WAMU]

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

  • LL is away from his desk. 

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

  • Get ready to try Japanese-style pasta and pizza at Tonari. [WCP]

  • Ogle the six coolest cakes Buttercream Bakeshop sculpted in 2019. [WCP]

  • ICYMI: The operators behind Chicken + Whiskey aim to give Doi Moi new life in 2020. [WCP]

  • Consider these food-related New Year’s resolutions. [Post]

  • These New Year’s Eve parties don’t have cover charges. [DCist]

  • Reveler’s Hour from the Tail Up Goat team opens on New Year’s Eve. [Twitter]

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

  • We’ve got ideas for how you can spend Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. [WCP]

  • Check out the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ terrific Judy Chicago exhibition before it closes in late January. [WCP]

  • Looking at neighborhoods through their Little Free Libraries. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Bruce Allenis no longer the president of the local NFL team. Dan Snyder announced his firing one day after the team lost to the Cowboys, 47-16. But as City Paper’sMatt Terl wrote recently, don’t expect the move to change much. Snyder is still the owner. [Yahoo]

  • The D.C. XFL franchise wants to be the “fun football” team in town. [WCP]

  • Maria Mitchell, the mother of the Mitchell twins, Makhi and Makhel, had harsh words for Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon after her sons announced they were leaving the program. [InsideMDSports]

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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