Downtowner News Briefs: July 13, 2022

D.C. Homes Worth at Least $1 Million — Where Do We Rank? 

According to a LendingTree report, the D.C. metro area is number eight in the country for its share of owner-occupied homes worth at least $1 million. The report ranked the 50 biggest metro areas based on census data and shows 102,450 owner-occupied homes in the D.C. area valued at that price or more (which averages to 7.14 percent of all homes).  

Truck Strikes Cyclist, Fireworks Stand Employee 

The holiday weekend took a sad turn here in the District. A truck hit both a bicyclist and a worker at a fireworks stand in northeast D.C. Both Michael Hawkins Randall, 70 and Charles Jackson, 64, were killed earlier this month by a Chevy Silverado after the driver suffered a medical emergency which occurred around 5:40 p.m.  

D.C. Tattoo Parlor Raises Over $16,000 for Abortion Funds 

The artists at Tattoo Paradise in Adams Morgan raised over $16,000 for the National Network of Abortion Funds last month. The shop gave tattoos to over 75 people in around 10 hours. When they closed the evening of the fundraiser at 10:30 p.m., people were still in line. Ever since the Supreme Court’s historic Roe v. Wade decision, area businesses have sold anything from alcohol to books and more to raise money for abortion groups.  

Tidal Basin Seawall Repairs Get $5.7 Million in Funding 

A contract totaling $5.7 million was given to start plans for repairs to the seawalls of the Tidal Basin and West Potomac Park. The National Park Service (NPS) announced the repairs, after repeated flooding during rainstorms. NPS said repairs are needed due to “age, high water and poor drainage,” giving the walls quite the beating. The Great American Outdoors Act funded the project to begin the planning process. Next steps are expected to be a design-build contract by late summer of next year or early 2024.  

Covid Vaccinations Underway for Young Children 

In late June, the CDC signed off on approval for children as young as six months to get their Covid-19 vaccine. Local pharmacies, health departments, doctors’ offices and more have been getting ready to provide shots in arms and legs of the country’s youngest. The FDA authorized emergency use of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines after a committee of experts voted “yes” during a public meeting late last month.  

D.C. Announces Multi-Year Investment Aimed at Helping LGBTQ+ Students 

New professional development opportunities for teaching and additional DC Health funding will be given to help youth and student sexual health initiatives. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the efforts are aimed to support LGBTQ+ students across D.C. The support will be in the form of resources, learning opportunities and health training for teachers, kids and staff.  

Fire Breaks Out at Local Northwest D.C. Market 

A fire broke out on the first floor of a mixed occupancy building last week, injuring one firefighter and displacing two people. The first floor of the building, located at 14th and Buchanan Streets NW, housed the Gedera Market. The injured firefighter was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.  




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