District Line Daily: Furlough Friday
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.
Some 115,000 federal employees are starting an involuntary four-day Memorial Day weekend today, thanks to furloughs brought on by sequestration.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Montgomery Mall parking garage collapse kills worker. [Post]
- Men steal Mercedes at gunpoint, crash it into school bus. [Examiner]
- Portion of 14th Street NW reopens following sinkhole. [WTOP]
- D.C. real estate boom makes it to the Wall Street Journal. [WSJ]
- Suspect still at-large in North Capitol Street drive-by. [NBC 4]
- D.C. summer won't be so bad. [Post]
- Ahead of change to magazine, Washington Examiner stops home deliveries. [City Desk]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Farragut North.
Nervous Sweat: A parody dating site inspired by uncomfortably hot Metro cars could inspire a legal response from Metro.
Bubble Burst: The director of the Hirshhorn resigned yesterday after an inconclusive vote on the museum's controversial "Bubble" project.
Stop Bugging Me: El Centro DF's grasshopper guacamole is just the latest in stunt cuisine.
Squeeze In: D.C.'s tiniest house could be yours for just $1,200 a month.
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- The Wall Street Journal gets in on the "boomtown" action. [WSJ]
- Solutions to the development-political complex. [WAMU]
- A critique of our Anacostia coverage. [Congress Heights on the Rise]
- A critique of 360° H. [Frozen Tropics]
- A critique of the "real Washingtonian" mantra. [GGW]
- Bikers want barriers along Pennsylvania Avenue lane. [WJLA]
- Logan microunit building goes the no-car route. [UrbanTurf]
- Working to remove public housing's stigma [Atlantic Cities]
- Today on the market: Hill East, still not slumping
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- After an inconclusive Hirshhorn vote on the Bloomberg Balloon/Bubble, Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek resigns. [Arts Desk]
- Phil Kennicott's reaction: "If [Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne] Clough votes down the Bubble, it will send a clear and chilling message to other Smithsonian entities and to anyone who is courted to replace Koshalek." [Post]
- Columnist John Kelly makes a D.C. playlist. [Post]
- More on Signature Theatre's Arlington County tax bailout [Post]
- The Nigerian film industry—Nollywood—sets up shop in the D.C. area. [Post]
- Look: New murals in Logan Circle [Mixed Media District]
- Listen to the new album from D.C. indie-rock ensemble Greenland [D.C. Music Download]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Char and smoke are in. [Express]
- The evolution of Tryst's beer menu [DC Beer]
- GBD sells 2,000 to 2,400 doughnuts per week [Eater]
- Where to drink Memorial Day Weekend [Drink DC]
- Indian street food coming to H Street NE [Frozen Tropics]
- A slideshow of summer cocktails [Post]
- The best martinis around D.C. [Zagat]