The capital may be set on banks of the Potomac, but it’s never had a reputation as a great waterfront city. That could all be about to change, thanks to the $2.5 billion, 24-acre District Wharf, which opened in October just south of the National Mall. The shiny new InterContinental Washington D.C.-The Wharf offers access to the development’s new parks, music venues, 50-plus shops, and 20 restaurants — which include projects from area chefs like Fabio Trabocchi, Mike Isabella, and wunderkind Kwame Onwuachi. This is also set to be a banner year for culture: the Freer and Sackler galleries, sister museums that champion Asian art, recently reopened after a 20-month renovation, the National Gallery of Art will host the first-ever show dedicated to Cézanne’s portraits from March to July, and the Kennedy Center continues its inaugural season of hip-hop programming curated by Q-Tip. —Brooke Porter Katz

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It is reportedly opening in spring of 2018

Alana Abramson
November 13, 2017

The Republican Party may control both chambers of Congress and the White House. But starting this spring, Democrats—or liberal activists— will have a place they can call their own in Washington, D.C.

The Eaton Workshop, which Bloomberg describes as "the world's first politically motivated hotel," is slated to open in the nation's capitol in spring of 2018, the outlet reports. The venture is founded by Katherine Lo, whose father is Executive Chairman of the luxury hotels operator Langham Hospitality Group

Features of the hotel, according to Fast Company, will include a speaker series on political topics like climate change and race relations, as well as a podcast series. The brand also wants to host activist artists.

“These hotels are going to get built anyway, so I thought ‘why not take the framework of hotels and really reconfigure them and funnel them toward social change?'" Lo told Fast Company.  

Bloomberg also notes that the company wants to launch more locations in Hong Kong, San Francisco and Seattle, all by 2019.

The hotel is expected to have 209 rooms, as well as a recording and artist studios, a 50-person movie theater, and a wellness center, according to the Washingtonian

Bloomberg notes that a video art installation by AJ Schnack, which is displayed prominently, runs television footage on repeat from the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections to spur responses to questions about the the country ended up in its current state. There will also be a working space, according to Bloomberg, which will give priority to progressive startups and artists. Lo told Fast Company she wants to commission a range of work, both written and visual, from artists and writers.

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