District Line Daily: SmarTrip Shortage
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's Friday and the seasons are in flux. Readers, what could be better?
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- SmarTrip cards not available in all Metro stations, despite surcharge for passengers who don't use one. [Post]
- Metro delays anti-Muslim ads, gets sued. [Post]
- Queen of Sweden visits Southeast. [Examiner]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Page Three.
Taxi Fight, Again: Techy cab-ordering service Uber and the D.C. Taxicab Commission are at it again. Uber says the commission's new regulations will put them out of business; the commission says Uber's overreacting.
Sand Through the Hourglass: After sitting vacant for 25 years, the controversial McMillan Sand Filtration Site could finally be seeing some development.
Rocking Roll: The District finally has a food truck serving sushi, but with a twist—some of the rolls are fried.
So Hip: The Smithsonian's ad campaign to win over young people isn't as bad as its "Seriously Amazing" tag would suggest.
Chief Party Officer: District Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi threw a wine and cheese reception to celebrate his reappointment yesterday, and the dress code was pretty strict: no turtlenecks or "string ties." Sorry, beatnik cowboys.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com )
- Private prison contractor giving innmate a heads up before doing contraband search, prison guards say [Times]
- Michael Brown calls into tv show to call opponent Mary Brooks Beatty a liar [TBD]
- Jeff Thompson's old accounting firm gettin' paid by D.C. workers' retirement plans [AP]
- Vince Gray getting rid of some useless boards and commissions [Examiner]
- Tommy Wells thinks there's a crisis in government [Times]
- Bus driver chats with Mark Segraves [WTOP]
- Mayor Gray and the queen of Sweden [Post]
- David Grosso talks schools, everything else [CHotR, Reddit]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org )
- America's cities see rising inequality. [Atlantic Cities]
- Metro's SmarTrip rollout is delayed. [Post]
- And Metro's intentional delays make no sense. [GGW]
- D.C. jail workers say layoffs endanger their safety. [Washington Times]
- Spiffy new affordable housing hits Georgia Ave. NW [DC Mud]
- Fourteen D.C.-area billionaires make the Forbes 400; only one lives in the District. [CityBizList]
- The Queen of Sweden checks up on D.C. construction. [Examiner]
- Get ready for more school closures. [Post]
- New York imagines the world's first underground park. [The New Yorker]
- Two years of CaBi, in one cyclical graphic. [Washcycle]
- Leave your car at home tomorrow. [Car Free Day]
- Today on the market: Former ambassador's residence.
ARTS LINKS, by Alex Baca (tips? email@example.com)
- Hispanic organizations claim exclusion at the yearly Kennedy Center Honors, reportedly elicit epithets from Michael Kaiser [Politico]
- Nina Katchadourian's exhibit outside the Washington Post building stumps for failed candidates. [Style Blog]
- Festivals! BYT's picks for the National Book Festival; WAMU's picks for not-National Book Festivals [BYT, WAMU]
- Michael Cavna profiles the Silver Spring-raised Lewis Black. [Washington Post magazine]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A fake holiday giving D.C. residents a reason to drink [City Desk]
- Movie night at Atlas Arcade [Frozen Tropics]
- Inside Drafting Table in Logan Circle [BYT]
- Marrakesh closes on New York Ave. NW. [PoP]
- Where to eat (and drink) the vote [Eater]
- Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan and famed chef Roberto Donna opening another restaurant at 425 I St. NW. [WBJ]
- Hudson Restaurant & Lounge becoming more lounge and less restaurant. [Washingtonian]