District Line Daily: Tokyo Drift
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.
On the cover of the latest issue of Washington City Paper: The D.C. punk band E.D. Sedgwick goes on tour in Japan and things go—well, you'll see.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Agencies like the Office of Campaign Finance and Office of the Inspector General, which are supposed to act as a government watchdogs, have had pretty lackluster responses when it comes to problematic campaigns.
- D.C. leaders should not cave in when it comes to changing the Height Act. [Housing Complex]
- Mayor Vince Gray submitted environmental legislation to the D.C. Council, which includes a ban on Styrofoam containers. [Post]
- If he were still on the dais, Gray says he would have voted in favor of legislation that urged Washington's football team to ditch its racist name. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Street Food: Should taxpayer-funded city grants be helping to pay for restaurants and bars?
Pop Down: Councilmember Jim Graham is asking the zoning commission to put an end to pop-ups sprouting from the tops of row houses.
Honest Pike: A D.C. realtor touts that he's part of the "Dupont/Logan Circle neighborhood gentrification efforts."
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Vince Gray says he'd have voted for the D.C. Council's Pigskins resolution if he was still on the dais. [Post]
- More on the campaign finance bill, which passed its first Council vote Tuesday. [WAMU]
- Should the District be investing in restaurants? [Young & Hungry]
- Backed by Teamsters, cabbies sue over modernization rules. [Washingtonian]
- Would-be gun march organizer Adam Kokesh admits loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza. [Times]
- Jim Graham wants Zoning Commission to crack down on pop-up building growth, isn't clear whether they can. [Housing Complex]
- Options charter, at the center of alleged self-dealing scandal, is running a million dollar deficit. [Post]
- No middle ground on Height Act, says WCP's Aaron Wiener. [Housing Complex]
- Four people shot outside Payless shoe store. [NBC 4]
- Whole Foods announces plan for H Street store, sparks gentrification panic. [Housing Complex]
- And inspires a PoPville post from the future. [City Desk]
- More details on the Cohen Cos. project coming to M Street SE. [JDLand]
- Those long-delayed Capitol Hill Oasis townhouses? They're on sale for over $1 million. [Frozen Tropics]
- The latest tenant at CityCenterDC is...another luxury bag store! [WBJ]
- Details of the 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. SE project. [Commissioner Brian Flahaven]
- D.C. needs your help counting rabbits. [Hill Rag]
- Why we can't afford to delay the zoning update. [GGW]
- D.C. is less walkable than Miami? [WalkScore]
- Metro is now slightly safer. [DCist]
- Today on the market: Brightwood Park 5BR
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Glen Echo Park seeks to raise the $200,000 it lost during the government shutdown. [Gazette]
- Oman wants to put a cultural center at 16th and L streets NW. [Short Articles about Long Meetings]
- Kennedy Center will premiere a new Gigi revival in 2015. [Post]
- On the outside of its building, the Holocaust Museum projects images of homeless Rohingya people. [AP]
- Local rappers Pacman and Peso gear up for their North Korea trip. [Post]
- Nail, meet Blockbuster's coffin. [WJLA]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Eight great grilled cheeses in D.C. [Zagat]
- The 11 best doughnuts in the D.C. area [DCist]
- Richard Sandoval's Shaw restaurant will be casual Mexican but not El Centro D.F. [Eater]
- Get half-off pizzas at RedRocks on H Street NE on Tuesdays. [Post]
- Brazilian steakhouse and pizza spot PizzaPass replacing Jiffy Shoppes in Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]
- No live music for Bracket Room. [ARLnow]
- Grocery invasion map [Housing Complex]