Meet Lucy, DC’s 1600-Ton Boring Machine [Washington Post] Turns out it’s a machine for boring tunnels, not a machine that produces boredom, ie an Xbox 360 with “Madden” in it. (Also, I think I’m going to start a Tumblr called “Tunnel Boring Machine Or German Sex Toy?”)
Five Maps And Charts That Explain DC’s Growth [Washington City Paper] Any story with maps and/or charts gets an automatic repost from me. It could be a post entitled “Five Charts Illustrating Why You, Specifically, Are An Idiot.” I wouldn’t even care.
Major DEA Raid At Greenleaf Gardens [Capital Community News] Note to future drug dealers: maybe don’t run your business out of a housing complex with a drug euphemism right in the name. You’re making it too easy for the cops.
In Gentrifying Neighborhoods, Diversity Can Be Decorative [Citylab] It’s true that in many transitioning neighborhoods, the newcomers and original residents still self-segregate to the point of hostility, but still. The article quotes an academic that derides “minority aesthetics that contrast with suburbia,” but isn’t that at least a huge step in the right direction?
The Best Street Art In DC [DCist] Call me an old-fashioned traditionalist, but I like my street art to be hair-whiteningly offensive and preferably anatomical. “Pretty” grafitti is like nonalcoholic beer.
The Attic of Empire [Paris Review] A novelist’s look back at the National Air and Space Museum.