Georgia Avenue NW, closed to traffic on Oct. 2, 2021 as part of D.C.'s Open Streets initiative
Georgia Avenue NW on Oct. 2, 2021 Credit: Bailey Vogt

Revelry was in the air as several festivals occurred across D.C. The main draw was Open Streets D.C. which closed three miles of Georgia Avenue NW to cars. Howard University’s marching band provided a soundtrack and attendees took full advantage of the temporarily car-free space.

In Adams Morgan, Porchfest featured local musicians performing to hundreds of people throughout the neighborhood. The Takoma Park Street Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary with swelling music. And the Wharf hosted both a Turkish festival and a wiener dog race. (Congrats Archie!)

“Bans Off Our Bodies”

Festivals weren’t the only gatherings. Thousands joined the Women’s March from Lafayette Square to the Supreme Court to support abortion rights. The Court opted not to weigh in on a Texas law banning most abortions and will hear arguments about a restrictive Mississippi law that could overturn Roe v. Wade its newly started term. Antiabortion activists launched a counterprotest, forcing Capitol Police to intervene and separate participants.

NoMa encampments cleared

Anything left in NoMa’s homeless encampments on L and M streets NE will be cleared today. The city initiated a pilot program seeking to provide housing to residents who had been living in the underpasses. As of last Friday, 12 people from the NoMa encampments had already been housed; the city expects to house even more people in coming months, thanks to revenue from an additional tax on wealthy residents. However, homeless advocates stress that dictating where those experiencing homelessness can stay doesn’t necessarily help them.

“This is a 6000 Series Train to… Operational”

Transit officials say 6000 series Metro trains are slated to return to service by the end of the year. These 1970 throwbacks that entered service in 2006 were taken off of lines in November after two separate trains became decoupled last fall. A similar incident occurred in 2018. The trains are being put through safety checks in the hopes of returning 15 percent of Metro’s fleet to the system. This is especially crucial as an uptick in ridership is expected with commuters returning to in-office work and the Silver Line extension’s hopeful opening in early 2022.

Bailey Vogt (tips?

  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus dashboard.
  • A long-time firefighter was one of three victims of a shooting on Half Street SW Saturday night. Police found Garry Stanley Sr., a Prince George’s County firefighter known for his role in rescuing three children from a burning building in 2018, dead at the scene. [WTOP]
  • Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park was hit by a cyberattack Saturday and is still lacking internet access while the school works with ​​the Montgomery County Cyber Taskforce and the FBI to resolve the issue. [NBC4]
  • Prince William County police officials reported a man in a Subaru Forester was offering multiple young girls money to get inside his car on their way to and from school late last week. [WUSA9]

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  • Jack Brown, CEO of a nonprofit that operates D.C. shelters, earned millions off the backs of homeless people in New York. [New York Times]
  • D.C. Inspector General report shows gross misspending of public funds intended to produce housing for the lowest-income residents, to the tune of $82 million. [Post]

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  • Four ghost kitchens that started in the pandemic that plan to permanently stick around. [Washingtonian]
  • What to order at Cocineros in Hyattsville. [Post]
  • José Andrés to launch a media company that will kick off with a six-episode docuseries set in Spain. [Eater]

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  • Arlington’s famed Inner Ear Studios is closing. [Post]
  • The display of white flags on the National Mall commemorating COVID-19 deaths comes to an end. [NBC4]
  • Struggling to come up with a Halloween costume? We won’t tell. Here are some tips. [Washingtonian]

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  • J.D. McKissic scored on a leaping touchdown in the final minute to help the Washington Football Team beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-30. [NBC Sports Washington]
  • The Nationals’ disappointing 2021 season came to end on Sunday and the fans at Nationals Park gave Ryan Zimmerman a long ovation when he was pulled from the game. Zimmerman, 37, has not publicly announced his decision on his playing future, but said Sunday, “If this was the last day, it was a hell of a day.” [WTOP]
  • NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird resigned on Friday amid a season in which multiple coaches have been dismissed after allegations of abuse from players. [ESPN]

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