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District Line Daily: Streetcar Battles

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Ahead of today's Council budget vote, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is proposing to modify the streetcar funding formula, potentially cutting the streetcar network's funds by $400 million over five years. Mendelson argues that the streetcar project has not spent all of its allotted money in years past and its current funding formula is unsustainable. But the mayor's office isn't happy about the proposal—and compared Mendelson to the Koch brothers.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • There are 13 spellers from the D.C. region—one from within city limits—in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. [News4]
  • D.C. leaders say farewell to Minnie Green, a community activist who made it her mission to ward off drug and gun violence. [Post]
  • Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser wants DDOT to hurry up and conduct a study on the feasibility of a 16th Street NW bus lane. [WAMU]
  • D.C.-based Fundrise, a crowdfunding website, raises $31 million in its first round of funding. [New York Times]


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

Swallow the Money: Our latest cover story takes a look at the people funding D.C.'s restaurant boom: the investors.

Scarey Ending: Actor Frank Britton finished the opening night of his play in Silver Spring and then, as he waited for a cab, was robbed and assaulted.

View from the Top: The Washington Monument elevator—the only elevator in the Washington Monument—broke yet again this weekend. 

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

  • Phil Mendelson,Vince Gray administration spar over trading streetcar funds for taxes. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Defeated Muriel Bowser opponents plan a fundraiser for her. [LL]
  • Office of the Attorney General employee runs for delegate in Maryland. [Post]
  • Bowser pushes for better bus service on 16th Street NW. [Post]
  • Poor D.C. children face asthma problems. [WAMU]
  • District leads in pre-kindergarten enrollment. [WAMU]
  • Goodbye to neighborhood activist Minnie Green. [Post]
  • NPR looks at NoMa gentrification. [WAMU]

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

  • Here's the D.C. United bill that Mayor Vince Gray submitted to the D.C. Council. [Post]
  • D.C.'s luxury homes aren't all that luxurious, compared to other American cities. [Redfin]
  • Fundrise hits the big time with $31 million in fundraising. [NYT]
  • Four finalists named for the 11th Street Bridge Park project. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C.'s "tale of two cities" [NPR]
  • CoStar gets into the movie business. [Post]
  • Food incubator coming to Brookland. [WBJ]
  • UberX drivers make a lot more than normal cab drivers. [Post]
  • D.C.'s most useless park [GGW]
  • Maps of D.C.'s geographic divide among children [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Petworth rowhouse—$704,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Actor Frank Britton was assaulted and robbed after an opening-night party for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Friends are raising funds to help with his medical bills. [Arts Desk]
  • Otters played a keyboard at the National Zoo (it's an "enrichment activity"), and the only thing not adorable about it is the grating organ effect the zookeepers chose. [YouTube]
  • Pigmental Studios, a digital animation studio that's currently working on Kong, is relocating its headquarters from L.A. to D.C. [DCist]
  • Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow took to Twitter to tear down Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday's criticism of the misogyny in Neighbors and other male-centric buddy comedies. [Gawker]
  • WSC Avant Bard's 25th season includes a live broadcast on WAMU and a musical in American Sign Language. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Members of the Bolshoi ballet hung out at Dacha Beer Garden last Friday, leading to a perfectly placed bar/barre pun. [Post]

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

  • Former D.C. chef Daniel Giusti now runs the world's top kitchen in Copenhagen. [Post]
  • Happy hours that go late in the night [Eater]
  • 12 soft-shell crab dishes to check out this season [Zagat]
  • The definitive ranking of ice cream truck treats [BuzzFeed]
  • The best places to eat and drink outside in 15 neighborhoods [Thrillist]
  • New Georgetown restaurant will feature noodles and pastries from Hong Kong and Tokyo. [PoPville]
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