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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

From a press release:

“After mobilizing over 130 local service establishments to donate a portion of their inauguration profits to organizations supporting the DC community, All In Service DC reports that participating venues donated over $80,000.

“DC’s service community made All In Service DC a huge success,” says service industry veteran and All In Service DC co-founder Alaina Dyne. “This affirms what we have always understood about our local service community. DC service establishments have a stake in the health and vitality of our city, and we are surrounded by capable partners in this effort.”

The fundraising event was the brainchild of Amanda Carpenter, a DMV native who has worked in DC’s service industry for a decade. “All In Service DC was a natural response to a unique moment in Washington. It was clear that our industry needed a positive outlet for the tension mounting in anticipation of inauguration weekend. We wanted to create an event that would raise our community consciousness and still allow us to act in accordance with the values of hospitality–to welcome all,” says Carpenter. (more…)

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Next best thing to those little free libraries! Embracing education, literature and thoughtful discussion – more great examples of the real DC. Thanks to a reader for sending from the Petworth metro.

For those not familiar with Books on the Metro:

“Lucky you! You found a book! Read it, tweet about it and make sure to return it to its Metro home.”

If you’d like to submit a cool message/sign/scene that you’ve passed please send an email with ‘The Real DC’ in the subject line to [email protected] and include the neighborhood.

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“Bravo to whoever came by and put the Pussyhats on the Barbies (and the Kens). Yes, Barbie is NASTY!”

Speaking of which, from the Women’s March:

“In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman.”

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Cathedral Heights. You can read about the Voyage of the Saint Louis here.

I plan on sharing lots of cool windows and messages I’ve been seeing on my walkabouts. If you’d like to submit a cool message/sign/scene that you’ve passed please send an email with ‘The Real DC’ in the subject line to [email protected] and include the neighborhood.

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Thanks to Sharon for sending.

I plan on sharing lots of cool windows and messages I’ve been seeing on my walkabouts. If you’d like to submit a cool message/sign/scene that you’ve passed please send an email with ‘The Real DC’ in the subject line to [email protected] and include the neighborhood.

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Outside Casa Ruby on Georgia Ave.

I plan on sharing lots of cool windows I’ve been passing on my walkabouts. If you’d like to submit a cool message/sign/scene that you’ve passed please send an email with ‘The Real DC’ in the subject line to [email protected] and include the neighborhood.