District Line Daily: Camera Cash
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to email@example.com.
The District's ubiquitous traffic cams are paying off. Speed camera revenue more than doubled in 2012 compared to 2011, jumping to $95.6 million.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Is D.C. still sucking the rest of the country dry? [NYT]
- Who will get the FBI? [WTOP]
- Metro budget fishiness [Examiner]
- Missing PCP blamed for last murder of 2012. [Times]
- The Pimp on the Pike soon to be the Pimp in Prison. [NBC]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: A Brief History of Flight.
Egg on Your Menu: Old school egg creams are back in the District.
Private Government: D.C. Department of Government Services relies on contracting out its work to private firm. That can mean big bills for taxpayers.
Tax Attax: Jack Evans wants to limit increases in city property taxes. But one analyst says Evans' push would primarily benefit his Ward 2 constituents.
Arts Move: The Washington Project for the Arts is moving to the Capitol Skyline Hotel.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mary Cheh and Phil Mendelson headed to White House today to talk license plates. [Fox5]
- New ethics board: D.C.'s current code of conduct rules are "absurd." [Examiner]
- Speed camera revenues more than double in 2012. [Times]
- Jonetta: Statehood efforts have so far been ridiculous. [Examiner]
- No flu epidemic in D.C. ... yet, says Vince Gray. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? email@example.com )
- Near Southeast residents dream of their own Union Market. [JDLand]
- Rent an entire hotel for inauguration. [DCist]
- How the federal government helped make D.C. what it is. [NYTimes]
- Maryland has the best schools in the country; D.C.'s No. 45. [Education Week]
- The zoning update: not just for the young. [GGW]
- The most expensive neighborhood in the region is...Falls Church. [WBJ]
- Is an Apple store coming to CityCenter? [Post]
- Condos may be coming atop a Dupont office building. [UrbanTurf]
- Today on the market: Bloomingdale condos
ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Coming this summer to the National Gallery of Art: a huge multimedia exhibit about the famed Ballets Russes. [Post]
- Former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett explains why his new show, 1600 Penn, is unlike any other sitcom on television, regardless of how much it might remind viewers of VEEP. [DCist]
- After 29 years, Politics & Prose founder Barbara Meade announced her retirement. [PoPville]
- The Newseum is restructuring its staff for the fourth time since reopening in 2008. Sixteen positions were eliminated earlier this week. [WJLA]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Signs of a true dive bar [Drink DC]
- Top five spots in northern Virginia for hot pot [NoVa Mag]
- Sugar Plum Thai in Alexandria looks as good as it tastes. [Washingtonian]
- Best beers of 2012 [DC Beer]
- People try to bribe the hosts at Founding Farmers about twice a week. [Eater]
- Tom Sietsema gives DGS Delicatessen two stars. [Post]
- More details on the Shaw supper club from GoodWood's owners. [Borderstan]