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Build more parks. Fix the ANCs. Nix the ANCs. Install cupholders on Capital Bikeshare bikes. The City Paper gathered more than 30 ideas from D.C. writers, thinkers, and wonks. Here's how to make the District a better place.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor Vincent Gray has reached a tentative agreement with D.C. United to build a $300 million stadium on Buzzard Point. [Post]
  • D.C. Police are looking for suspects in a reported "flash mob" robbery and assault at an Anacostia convenience store. [WAMU]
  • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) is proposing a new bill that would allow the District government to keep operating in the event of a federal shutdown.  [WAMU]
  • It's not going to be ridiculously hot today! [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Give and Take: Mayor Gray wants to swap 14th Street NW's dilapidated Reeves Center for land at Buzzard Point for the new D.C. United Stadium, and this says a lot about the value of the Reeves Center and its neighborhood.

Not So Fast: Grant-happy D.C. officials should recall the lessons of Peaceaholics—an organization that got hundreds of thousands of city dollars without answering too many questions or offering much in the way of paperwork—before they start handing out money again.

New Heights: Check out what D.C.'s skyline would look like if the 103-year-old Height Act is modified.

Pulling Punches: Can This Town, a book about D.C.'s political and media elite written by a member of that elite, "speak truth to power?" Not so much.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. United stadium deal includes $150 million from the District, Reeves Center swap. [Post]
  • Stadium political problems for the mayor include Marion Barry and populist mayoral candidates. [Post]
  • Deal offers a way out of the Reeves Center for the city. [Housing Complex]
  • Soccer deal would displace gay club. [Blade]
  • Metro raises its standards, but not by much. [WAMU]
  • Darrell Issa's budget autonomy bill passes the House. [WAMU]
  • The dispute over the ashes of gay rights activist Frank Kameny is nearly over. [Blade]
  • What D.C. could look like with the height limit lifted. [Housing Complex]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Douglas Development continues its conquest of Chinatown. [WBJ]
  • Darrell Issa takes another shot at a (limited) D.C. budget autonomy bill. [LL]
  • There was once an attempt to rename Georgetown "West Washington." [GGW]
  • Raising the height limit would have modest but meaningful benefits for D.C.'s economy. [Post]
  • D.C. is apparently less hard-working than half of Texas. [DCist]
  • Zebras (the traffic kind) coming to Pennsylvania Avenue. [GGW]
  • In the social media age, teenagers don't hang out at malls much anymore—and malls are suffering. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Condo in Forest Hills a.k.a. "Van Ness East"

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • KenCen puts its organ to work. [Post]
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra extends conductor Marin Alsop's contract. [Post]
  • Former venue Ras Restaurant & Lounge has been replaced by a new biz. [Popville]
  • Housewives of Benning Road begins its second season. [YouTube]
  • Dedicate your life to poetry and work for Split This Rock. [Blog This Rock]
  • This is what it looked like when Trouble Funk played Strathmore yesterday evening. [Twitter]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Local brewers join forces to brew Solidarity Summer Ale. [DC Beer]
  • The 14 best food trucks in D.C. [DCist]
  • The family life of chef Bryan Voltaggio. [Post]
  • RedRocks Pizza planning to open H Street NE location before Labor Day. [District Cuisine]
  • Chef Geoff's sues to stay in downtown location. [WBJ]
  • New Shaw restaurant Thally hoping to open in August. [PoPville]
  • Meet the unsung chefs behind Maketto. [Eater]
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