Washington is a town of people and politics, neighborhoods and nerds. Each week we’ll bring you stories that highlight the interesting and noteworthy from the last week–consider it conversation fodder for the office break room, networking events or the dog park. Here’s what caught our attention recently:

Preservation at a Loss: Nonprofit, The L’Enfant Trust, bought several homes in historic Anacostia, renovated and restored them, and then sold the homes at a loss. The effort is a demonstration project to encourage people to purchase dilapidated, historic homes and bring them back to life.

Hit Send: Mike Allen signed off on his last Politico Playbook this weekend. The must-read publication continues, but Allen is moving on. (Washingtonian)

Fill ‘Er Up: A new beer garden opened directly next to Union Market in NE DC. Neal Place Tap + Garden is next door to off-the-beaten track Italian gem Masseria and a street over from Union Market. (DCist)

Flexible Feds: Transit subsidies for federal workers may become more flexible, including options to cover Bikeshare or car-sharing services. Given the tenuous state of Metro, some wiggle room is welcome. (Washingtonian)

Have a great week!