My pal Aaron Leitko has a wonderful story in City Paper this week about the end of an era for punk rock in the DC area: the developer-assisted implosion of Arlington’s punkhouses. I say “assisted” because punkhouses collapse for all the typical reasons — people move out; rent fights; noise ordinances pose a problem; the neighbors take you on — but in the case of Kansas House, effectively the last stand for the community, developers basically kicked Collin from BLDGS and his roommates out, giving them a month’s notice. Still, the era could hardly receive a better documentation/memorial than Aaron’s piece, which contains this gem from Ian MacKaye:

“It was a boilerplate one-year lease and, being a native Washingtonian, I was really struggling with the idea that I was going to live in Arlington. I drew a line through ‘one year’ and wrote ‘six months.’ I was there for 21 years.”

Let that be a lesson to the Flophousers

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman