This week, the Washington City Paper pulled a particularly ambitious stunt when they attempted to answer the “most nagging questions about life in the District.” Well color us impressed, because they’ve done a fairly thorough job that’s definitely worth checking out. In their Answers Issue, they address 32 pressing questions posed by District residents.
In October, City Paper asked its readers to submit their questions, and they’ve picked the most intriguing ones to feature in the Answers Issue. With topics ranging from the native fruits and vegetables of the D.C. area to the lack of J, X and Y streets in the city, this article answers questions that we wouldn’t have even thought to ask. It’s an informative and helpful read that 4E wholeheartedly recommends taking a look at.
D.C. may be on the verge of major changes to its taxi infrastructure. The city will soon increase fares, as The Hoya reported last month, and new regulations may force taxi drivers to improve service to less-traveled areas of the District. But a more noticeable plan may force standardization of D.C.’s taxicab livery.
Councilmember Mary Cheh, the same D.C. councilor responsible for taxi reform and for purportedly exporting the District’s rats to Maryland and Virginia, set up an online survey to test public sentiment on what the city’s taxi colors should be. Among the more than 4,000 respondents, 38 percent favored standardized yellow cabs. The city, for its part, seems to support the idea of making all taxis the same color. Cheh’s survey simply asks people to vote for their favorite color.
One of the most unique things about Washington has to be the city’s colorful taxicabs. At any given moment, people hoping to catch a cab can step into any array of colorful taxis — green, silver, white, black, blue, red, and even pink. All of the hype over taxi reform, though, begs the question: Are D.C.’s different taxi liveries one of the city’s signatures? Or should the city now standardize the livery like that of New York?
My take on it — let’s keep the taxis all different colors. I love it when I flag down a purple or maroon cab. But if we want to be boring like New York and make all our cabs yellow and expensive, that is no loss to me. I take the bus anyway.
Take a break from the standard Top 40 jams played at most Georgetown establishments and mix it up at An Evening of Mashups at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street, NW). They promise remixes and Girl Talk-esque tracks. Tickets are a measly 5 bucks which is about the same as cover for Modern or Thirds. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Check out a midnight screening of It Happened One Night at the E Street Cinema (555 11th Street, NW). Directed by Frank Capra (who also made It’s A Wonderful Life) this classic screwball comedy has won over hearts for years and betchya it’s more charming and innovative than a certain black and white film that’s been getting a ton of Oscar attention this season. Watch a snippet here.
Gather up your pals and head over to Chinatown (6th and I Streets, NW) to celebrate, albeit belatedly, the Chinese New Year. Start by getting some dim sum here or here or here and then stick around for the Parade ( at 2:00 p.m.) that will be complete with dragon floats, traditional music and dancing. It’s the Year of the Dragon, folks. Not sure what the astrological significance of that is but hey, it sounds pretty cool, right? I think it means take any excuse to eat dim sum.
Between the first anniversary of the uprisings in Egypt and a lunchtime demonstration in Leo’s, it’s been a tumultuous few days both on campus and throughout the world. In the spirit of this omnipresent change, this week’s Friday Fixat10ns is filled with songs about protest, revolution, freedom and change. After the jump, a list of the songs and why they made the cut on this week’s playlist.
Getting the paper printed isn’t an easy job, and it takes lots of coordination to reach our printer’s deadline. This often means that Hoya staffers are camped out in our office until the wee hours of the morning. When you start to spend an excessive amount of time with the same group of people, you start to hear some weird things. It’s tradition in our office that particularly memorable moments are recorded and posted up on the wall (some quotes have been up for more than 10 years!). We’ve uploaded a few of our favorites, but if you want to see the rest you’re just going to have to come visit.
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With freshman housing selection just a few weeks away, it seems like the entire class of 2015 is on pins and needles with roommate drama. The coming weeks will inevitably be filled with jostling for the few remaining apartments in Henle, needless drama between people who may or may not live together and the frightening feeling that all of your friends have found roommates, leaving you all alone.
Yes, for freshmen, the housing selection process for sophomore year is both terrifying and stressful. Dramatic and confusing. Nerve-wracking and miserable. Fortunately for freshmen, 4E is beginning a series of posts, composed by those of us who have survived the process, with advice about how to navigate this stressful difficult process. Today’s post: how to pick your roommate for next year.
Picking roommates for sophomore year is the process that causes the most drama in the housing selection process. Friend groups jostle for who should be placed in which room. Current roommates must choose between living with each other or living with other people. Most of what makes the process of choosing a roommate so difficult is that everyone has a different idea of who they want to live with. And, since freshmen have only known each other for a semester, it’s difficult to know now what your friendship will look like a year from now. After the jump, we include some tips on finding the perfect roommate for next year so that you don’t end up rooming with The Roommate.
When most people think of a “walking city,” they immediately think of New York, forgetting D.C.’s wide thoroughfares, its eclectic jumble of Greek and modern architecture and its burgeoning nightlife. D.C., much like New York, is a city of different people joined together with the common goal of surviving in the city. When someone says they’re from D.C., natives love to ask, “but where are you from originally?” It’s relevant, as we’re a city of congressmen, students and tourists, all of which shows in our buildings, our bars and our favorite hangout spots (the closest of these noteworthy hubs gracing the streets of Georgetown). Just a short walk away, M street offers students a great escape from the drudgery of classes, study groups and homework. While it may seem obvious, as most students have most likely adventured to M Street at some point in their career, there are a lot of unexplored options that M Street and the surrounding areas have to offer (although Guards, Thirds, and Rhino are all fun). Try seeing Georgetown during the day, and not just the shops on M and Wisconsin, because there’s a whole other city out there.
4E reached out to Alex Villec (COL ’13) for a statement on Congresswoman Giffords’ resignation. Villec interned for Giffords and witnessed the shooting last January which left the Congresswoman in a coma.
As gridlock and partisan intransigence define business in Washington, Congresswoman Giffords’ miraculous recovery points to something different. Her story isn’t just uplifting because it calls attention to deficits in civility and pragmatism that weigh down our debates. For me, what happened on January 8th magnifies the question of how we ought to spend our fleeting gift of life. I’ve started to consider whether we too often overlook chances to create value in the here and now. In a minute, you can try something new, make a friend, or put a smile on someone’s face. When resumes and cover letters make the next five years look like a scary black hole, try to remember that it only takes a second to make somebody’s day better. Beyond fighting for future generations, that’s what Gabby does every day, and I think it’s worth bearing in mind.
Is it just me or does this sound like the most unsafe activity for children….like, ever? Raccoons are mean and they carry Rabies. We’re talking vicious, snarly wild animals (see above) not biscuit-chomping Meeko of Pocahontas.
You can’t watch the NFL Playoffs every night, I guess. The State of the Union address provided some quality primetime viewing on the otherwise non-event Tuesday night television schedule and we hope you tuned in. Why? Well, because it kinda sorta might have been the most important speech Mr. Prez has given in quite some time.