Business

D.C. restaurants hit with "review bombs"

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The politicization of pandemic policies has reached the online review platform Yelp, and has resulted in an increase in negative restaurant reviews targeting COVID-19 safety policies,

Why it matters: The food and service industry doesn't need any other hurdles to overcome following almost two years of constant COVID-related setbacks.

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 6, 2021 - Business

Downtown D.C. remains deserted

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South of Dupont Circle on Monday 2:50 p.m. Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

Downtown Washington is still missing many of the workers and visitors who once squeezed into Metro trains, lined up outside sandwich shops and stayed at swanky new hotels.

  • On a recent jaunt, Cuneyt found eerily quiet parks from Dupont Circle to the newly renovated Franklin Park — and way more open parking spaces than he remembers two years ago.

Why it matters: More than 19 months into the pandemic, the foot traffic needed to reinvigorate downtown D.C. has yet to materialize, thanks to the Delta variant that has delayed the return of office workers and tourists.

D.C.'s building boom grinds to a halt

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The decades-long building boom that remade Washington D.C. is screeching to a halt, undone by broader construction trends and the legacy of the post-pandemic workplace.

Why it matters: Dizzying construction has reshaped the city, reinvigorated downtown and created bustling new communities. 

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