City Desk

District Line Daily: Will DHS Make It to St. E’s?

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here.

The planned construction of a massive Homeland Security headquarters at the old St. Elizabeths' campus, which was touted as being critical to the Ward 8 development, is $1.5 billion over budget, 11 years behind schedule, and its completion is in doubt.


  • Former Tony Williams chief of staff Kelvin Robinson, who made two runs for D.C. Council, took more than $33,500 in illicit campaign money from Jeff Thompson, according to a charge filed in Superior Court against Robinson Tuesday afternoon. [Loose Lips]
  • Two people, including a young girl, were shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting a few blocks south of the Petworth Metro station. [Post]
  • D.C. officials ponder making at least one of D.C.'s modest public golf courses more upscale. [Post]
  • Do streetcars spur development? And can the H Street streetcar spur development on Benning Road? [WAMU]


Summer Entertainment Guide: It's hot, it's muggy, summer is near—and that means the 2014 Summer Entertainment Guide has arrived. Pick it up or read it online to discover all the music, theater, sports, food, books, museum, and film happenings this summer in the District.

Suburban Dangers: D.C. is one of the safest places for pedestrians. But it's a different story in the suburbs.

Hollydale: Sarah Jessica Parker, Frank Gehry, artist Chuck Close, and Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) all dined Monday evening at Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Ex-D.C. Council candidate Kelvin Robinson charged with covering up illicit Jeff Thompson campaign help. [LL, NBC4, WNEWPost]
  • Judge throws the District's lawsuit against gas king Joe Mamo out of court, but Mary Cheh says they'll be back. [Times]
  • UDC spent almost $500,000 on a house for its president. Now he doesn't want to live in it. [LL]
  • Ward 1 Democrats tussle with nominee Brianne Nadeau. [LL]
  • District sends some trash cans to the landfill instead of recycling. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells makes compromises to pass "ban the box" for ex-felons. [Post]
  • Can D.C.'s golf courses go upscale and stay affordable? [Post]
  • Girl on playground at Park Morton hit bullet. [Times]
  • Pedestrian deaths in D.C. are comparatively low. [WAMU, Housing Complex]
  • Tom Sherwood: No more suing for District's rights after budget autonomy ruling. [NBC 4]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips?

  • Your D.C. income doesn't get you as far as it would in Rochester, Minn., but you'd be worse off nearly everywhere else. [NPR]
  • UDC spent nearly $500,000 fixing up a Chevy Chase house its president doesn't want to live in. [LL]
  • Homeland Security move to St. Elizabeths is in doubt. [Post]
  • Luxury Georgetown condos go on sale for as much as $5 million. [WBJ]
  • D.C. is America's second-best city for biking. [NerdWallet]
  • The D.C. region will soon have a new tallest building (Washington Monument excepted). [GGW]
  • Chevy Chase castle sells below list price. [Curbed]
  • Development team buys Congress Heights building, anticipating neighborhood changes. [WBJ]
  • Navy Yard Harris Teeter will open Oct. 1. [UrbanTurf]
  • The prospect of a streetcar may have spurred H Street NE development. [WAMU]
  • Metro's new maps are confusing. [GGW]
  • LBJ's unsuccessful struggle to bring home rule to D.C. [Post]
  • Today on the market: 1BR condo off U Street—$337,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • Photos of D.C.'s soul and funk icons [Slate]
  • What was your first 9:30 Club experience? [DCist]
  • Harry Reid sees nothing wrong with screening an anti-Koch brothers documentary at the Capitol Visitors Center. [Politico]
  • Wanna be on House of Cards? If you're a 32- to 36-year-old female who's "good with [her] hands, smart, pretty, [and] capable," you're in luck. [DCist]
  • A Q&A with Nathan Ackerman on Adams Morgan's first outdoor movie series [BYT]
  • Constellation Theater Company's Founding Artistic Director Allison Arkell Stockman reflects on The Love of the Nightingale as it's set to close. [DC Theatre Scene]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • 10 new restaurants to try now [Washingtonian]
  • The nine most exciting restaurant openings coming this summer [Zagat]
  • RareSweets bakeshop coming to CityCenter. [Post]
  • Del Campo has a bloody mary with squid ink, fish stock, and octopus. [Eater]
  • Republic's new happy hour includes $1 oysters. [PoPville]
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Frank Gehry, and others dine at Big Bear Cafe. [City Desk]
  • Finemondo will be replaced by Noelia from first-time restaurateur. [WBJ]
Blog Widget by LinkWithin