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Make sure to read Washington City Paper's Best Of D.C. 2014 issue—192 pages of the best in everything that D.C. has to offer.There are  staff picks, reader picks, and everything from Best Metro Driver to Best Restaurant to Bang In.


  • First it was Tommy Wells. Now Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander says she's mulling an at-large bid. [Loose Lips]
  • Mayor Vince Gray says he would shutter the large homeless shelter at the old D.C. General hospital, but the "NIMBYism that exists" in the city makes it hard to open smaller facilities throughout the District. [District of DeBonis]
  • The contractor for the first phase of the Silver Line filed paperwork Wednesday to say that its works is done. The project now goes to officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for review. [Post]
  • D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says she will stay at her post if Muriel Bowser is elected mayor. [CBS DC]


Booze Dedication: People camped out for more than 48 hours outside the Reeves Municipal Center to snag a coveted Georgetown liquor license.

Not Snyder Approved: A new mural in Edgewood protests the Washington football team's name. It pictures a 19th century Nez Perce leader famed for his peace advocacy, framed in banners that read “American Genocide Reconciled Thru Football.”

No Method Behind the Madness: It turns out PoPville's random lists are just as random as they appear.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Washington City Paper's Best of D.C. is here, with lots of LL-friendly topics like "Best Campaign Tactic" and "Best Cooperating Witness." [WCP]
  • Now Yvette Alexander is considering an at-large bid. [LLPostPost]
  • Muriel Bowser, David Catania don't like the school boundary proposals. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Neither do the parents who came to a meeting at Coolidge High School. [Housing Complex]
  • Don't worry about lame duck departures, says Vince Gray: "We have a pretty good bench." [WAMU]
  • Darrell Issa wants a hearing on Height Act change. [Roll Call]
  • Gray warns about NIMBYs keeping open D.C. General homeless shelter. [Post]
  • District will buy Anacostia Metro site. [WBJ]
  • Will Mary Cheh's transportation bill improve things? [Post]
  • Bottled service: DCRA shuts down Ibiza nightclub. [WBJ]
  • Considering Gray's tech legacy. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips?

  • The city is buying a Metro-adjacent Anacostia parcel to build affordable housing. [WBJ]
  • Fundrise project in Shaw nears its goals. [Fundrise]
  • Darrell Issa wants to vote on minor Height Act changes later this month. [Roll Call]
  • Here's what Meridian Hill Park looked like as it was being built. [Ghosts of DC]
  • For the second time, Silver Line phase one is allegedly complete. [AP]
  • Get ready for the 1st Street NE cycletrack. [WashCycle]
  • New owner plans to carve four apartments out of R Street Firehouse. [UrbanTurf]
  • 14th Street NW Caribou Coffee likely to become apartments, offices, and retail. [WBJ]
  • Congress mulls a stipend to pay for pricey D.C. housing. [Post]
  • An incomplete list of D.C.'s worst intersections [Curbed]
  • What impact will homeownership have on your life? Depends what race you are. [Johns Hopkins]
  • Today on the market: Lamond Riggs brick house—$360,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • Listen to a "euphoric" new single from Brett. [DC Music Download]
  • Dan Snyder might not be pleased with this new anti-Pigskins mural in Edgewood. [Arts Desk]
  • Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of black opera singer Marian Anderson's historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial. [BBC]
  • "Hey tall people: Don't block our view!" and other concert etiquette tips [BYT]
  • Five ways Vince Gray (and his successor) can do right by the arts in FY2015 [HuffPo]
  • A synth-funk playlist from Peoples Potential Unlimited [WAMU]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • The best restaurant, best brewery, best chef, and more [WCP]
  • Where to find Filipino food around D.C. [Eater]
  • STIX food truck opening restaurant in Petworth. [PoPville]
  • Rose's Luxury and Toki Underground are teaming up for a dinner. [Washingtonian]
  • Rock Creek Park deer once again donated to food bank. [DCist]
  • Ibiza nightclub shut down by DCRA. [WBJ]
  • Five places to drink Malört [Thrillist]
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