The Encyclopedia of D.C: 2013 Edition

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At first glance, 2013 won’t go down in history as one of the most enjoyable years to live in the District of Columbia.

The mayor was still under investigation (though he did, just before the year ended, decide to run for another term). Yet another former member of the D.C. Council was caught in yet another federal probe. Everything got more expensive, and the housing market got tighter and tighter. The daily paper got sold. The baseball team disappointed. (The football team—well, they were entertaining, at least, but for all the wrong reasons.) The federal government cut back, then shut down. (And when it came back, we still didn’t have a vote.)

But with a few months’ distance, maybe things don’t look quite as bad. After all, pot might soon be basically legal. There’s another baby panda. A new theater east of the Anacostia River is thriving, despite regulatory obstacles that could have crushed it. The cabs take credit cards. Even the shutdown, once it finally ended, came with a silver lining: D.C. won’t get trapped the next time Republicans in Congress decide that pointless temper tantrums are preferable to governing. (And even with all those corruption investigations, the city kept running the whole time, anyway.)

Before the year finally slips away, flip through the 2013 edition of our Encyclopedia of D.C., and take a few minutes to remember the good stuff and learn from the bad.

What will the 2014 edition bring? We’ll find out soon enough. Two predictions, though: Those drinks aren’t getting any cheaper. And Rusty’s staying put.


$22 Manhattan D.C. hits peak cocktail.
14th Street Why is every new restaurant instantly full?


Alt-country, Lincoln Theatre as venue for Any act is better than sitting empty.
Ambulances The fire department’s fight with its union gets “untoward.”
Anacostia Playhouse Damn the regulations, the show must go on!


Barrel-Aging Wine, whiskey, and…just about everything else
Bentzen Ball Laugh it off
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Come for marquee jazz, come again for local jazz.
Bluejacket The most anticipated thing in beer all year
Boomtown Living large
Breakfast Sandwiches Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom
Brown, Michael A. All he wanted was a "piece of a piece."
Bubble, the A dream deflated
Buildings, taller All this hoopla over a few lousy feet?
Bus terminals, gentrification of An elegy for the bad old days


Cabs Yeah, they take credit cards, but they're not happy about it.
Cicadas We barely had 'em.
Clough, G. Wayne Where does the Smithsonian go from here?
Contingency Fund The District’s rainy day money comes in handy
Cunt Punt I'm not even kidding.
Cycletracks The politics of bike lanes


Deer, dead The Rock Creek Park cull finally starts—slowly.
Dismemberment Plan, The They're back! Again!
Doi Moi All the gentrification cliches in one (tasty) place
Donald, The Trump’s plans for D.C.? They’re yoooooge.


FBI It was swell, G-Men.
Fire Richard Cohen The Washington Post's worst columnist is still around.
Food Incubator Charcuterie and chocolate makers find a home
Foodie Defensiveness No, really, we DO have great restaurants here.
Frager’s Fire can't keep a neighborhood business down.
Future Times D.C.’s most cerebral dance label


Gregory, David NBC host gets off easy


Helen Hayes Awards Bring a flask.
Housing, hotel as Meet the inn crowd.
Howard University, fiscal condition of Trouble, trouble, more trouble
Hughes, Philippa The Pink Line takes a detour.


Ice, artisanal Seriously, it clinks better.


Kingsbury, Michael Found too late, close to home
Knees The cruelest joint of all


LivingSocial They're still here—for now.


Marijuana Smoke it if you got it.
Marriage It was easier to perform for nonclergy—but not during the government shutdown.
Mike, Mingering Fake soul hits the big time
Millennials Youth, and trend pieces, is wasted on the young.
Monumental Scaffolding Fixed is boring-looking.


Nader, Ralph D.C.’s highest profile neighborhood scold
Navy Yard Mass murder comes to D.C.
“NEVER” The Pigskins and their discontents


Obama, Barack, second inauguration of The sequel's never as good as the first one.
Oct. 1-4 The nadir of 2013?


Panda Cam What's black and white and watched all over?
Parker, Bobby Adams Morgan won't sound the same.
Pop-ups “Monstrosities” or necessities?
Public Radio Bees Insects are the new pledge drives.
“Pump Me Up” The new D.C. fêtes the old.


Rats What’s a few rodents between political allies?
Re-Election The mayor makes up his mind.
Red panda, Rusty the There's no escape!
Rothstein, Betsy Out of the Fishbowl, into the Mirror.


Scandal, Marion Barry as fan of TV criticism by the mayor-for-life, 140 characters at a time.
Sherry No spirit is too esoteric.
Sinkholes A new low for the District
St. Elizabeths Can it transform Ward 8?
Stadium, D.C. United The deal so complicated no one knows whether to hate it
Steakhouses D.C.’s culinary cred is growing, but restaurateurs still think we want more steak.
Straw Donors Cash goes in, donations come out.
Streetcars Coming soon?
Synthpop The biggest sound you barely heard


This Town Federal Washington reads about itself, freaks out.
Trash Rebellion When the feds closed for business, D.C. cleaned up.
TruOrleans The hottest mess on H Street NE finally shuts down.


U Street, liquor on How the booze was won


Vote-splitting Would-be reformers blow it again.


Walmart The big-box era is upon us.
Walter Reed What, no Wegmans?
Warren, Butch A D.C. jazz great
Washington Post, free two-day shipping with your purchase of Is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos the savior of D.C.'s daily paper?
Werth, Jayson Always ready to eat somebody's face
WPFW Jazz, justice, and on-air feuds


Zones, Mobile Roadway Vending Dude, where's my food truck?
Zoning Code The rewrite stuff
Zoning, inclusionary A four-year-old housing program finally makes some progress.
Zukerberg, Paul The unlikely permacandidate of the people