DC a Terrorism “Hot Spot,” Study Shows
In what is surely the feel-good news of the day, WAMU reports that the District of Columbia ranks highly among U.S. cities as a terrorism “hot spot.” According to a recent study by the University of Maryland, DC has been targeted by terrorists 79 times over the last 40 years.
Not exactly earth-shattering, you say? Well, what might surprise you is the fact that we’re only ranked Number 5. The cities that are more at-risk than DC are, in order: New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.
While the DC is almost surely a prime target of 9/11-era attacks by (mostly?) international actors, the report calculates its rankings based on terrorist acts from across the political spectrum, including extreme right-wing and left-wing domestic groups.
Food Trucks Support Gray’s Regulations Proposals, with Exceptions
The District’s food trucks are rallying behind the city government’s proposals for regulating the fast-growing industry. According to DCist, the District of Columbia Food Truck Association released a statement saying it supports the majority of the suggested rules for mobile food vendors, which will soon be before the City Counsel.
Among other provisions, the proposed changes would allow “savory” food trucks to remain in their locations so long as they’ve paid for the parking fees. Although this rule has received widespread support among food truck operators, not all proposals are so popular. In particular, mobile vendors oppose the creation of “Vending Development Zones,” spots whose location, capacity and hours would be determined by local residents and businesses. This caveat is intended to appease brick-and-mortar restaurants, who feel increasingly at a disadvantage against their mobile competitors.
Happy Thursday, Borderstanis! After traveling for the last few weekends, I’m REALLY EXCITED for a weekend back in the District. Per usual, there are no shortage of things to do here in Borderstan (and beyond!) to get the most out of your weekend:
- Thursday, March 3 marks the beginning of the DC Independent Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, March 13. There are a TON of different films being shown at a multiple locations (unfortunately none of the theater venues are officially in Borderstan, but you can make the trek for this) throughout the ten-day period, so you basically have no excuse or reason not to go at some point. Everything looks amazing and I’m at a loss for which one(s) to check out, so if anyone has recommendations, please let us know.
- Now that you’ve gotten your “culture” out of the way, head over to U Street on Friday night. Per usual, DC9’s weekly Liberation Dance Party is a good bet for blowing off some steam at the end of the week. Doors open at 9 pm and admission is $7; the open bar (rail cocktails only) runs from 9 to 10:30 pm so it makes sense to get there early.