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D.C. streetcar operators navigated the new vehicles through obstructions and incoming threats along H Street and Benning Road NE during a series of training rides this past week. So far, according to the Post, it felt like a slow-speed video game with people constantly blocking the streetcar tracks.


  • The D.C. Department of Transportation confirms what we all already know: They don't ticket their own vehicles. [Post]
  • The Post's Courtland Milloy goes out on a bike in the D.C. streets during rush hour. He leaves having more sympathy for cyclists, but still thinks most of them don't know what they are doing and shouldn't be on the streets. [Post]
  • A Columbia Heights fire has left 60 people homeless. [WJLA]
  • The Virginia gay marriage fight is one step closer to the Supreme Court. [News4] 


Watch Out for These D.C. Neighborhoods: There's a new app in town that allows people to crowdsource real time information to determine which neighborhoods are "sketchy." So which neighborhoods should we avoid? Neighborhoods like Petworth and NoMa, of course.

Wine N' Dine: The Partisan is on a mission to get people to drink more Lambrusco—an often maligned Italian wine that is thought of as "sugary junk."

Imagine This: Here's our fantasy board for an imaginary new Corcoran.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • The streetcar gets closer to operation...slowly. [Post]
  • Post's Colby King accuses councilmembers Muriel Bowser, Jim Graham, and Vincent Orange of lax D.C. Council oversight. [Post]
  • Harry Thomas Jr. associate gets stuck with a hefty bill. [LL]
  • New Chief Financial Officer says he'll make customer service better. [Post]
  • Government questions played into Chinatown apartment building owner's backing down on ending affordable housing in October. [Housing Complex]
  • Congress looms over District marijuana policy. [WAMU]
  • District Department of Transportation: "WE DONT TICKET OUR OWN." [Post]
  • Now that D.C. is the coolest city in the country, is the D.C. Cool campaign to thank? [WBJ]
  • Deborah Simmons says "phooey" to concerns that attorney general hopeful Edward "Smitty" Smith doesn't have enough experience. [Times]
  • Silver Line boss previously worked on Los Angeles subway. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Anacostia gets its first national retailer—a 7-Eleven. [CHOTR]
  • Columbia Heights fire leaves 60 homeless. [WJLA]
  • Columbia Heights leads the pack in walking to Metro. [PlanItMetro]
  • A video treatment of the three FBI headquarters contenders. [WBJ]
  • D.C.'s affordable housing crunch is really a west-of-the-river affordable housing crunch. [CHOTR]
  • In one country, bike-friendly policies have helped reduce inequality. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: 2BR condo just north of Georgetown—$639,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips?

  • The Prince of Petworth thinks this is the "best building art" in D.C. [PoPVille]
  • The making of the New York Times Magazine's Minor Threat-ified cover [Bandwidth]
  • Photos of FoxingHotelier, and Prawn at DC9 [BYT]
  • The members of RDGLDGRN on finding success in their hometown: "We're never leaving [D.C.]" [D.C. Music Download]
  • As art galleries close in Dupont, Logan Circle, and downtown, new ones are clustering in Georgetown. [Post]
  • Author Marc Dunkelman will discuss the changing landscape of neighborliness in America at Politics & Prose tonight. [DCist]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips?

  • How the owner of Jack Rose Dining Saloon hunts for rare whiskies [Express]
  • Where Washington chefs travel for food inspiration [Washingtonian]
  • The Tombs and 1789 founder Richard McCooey dies. [The Georgetowner]
  • 2941 chef Bertrand Chemel becomes a U.S. citizen. [Eater]
  • Menu MBK launches late-night happy hour. [PoPville]
  • Gonzo pop-up dishes continue at Daikaya this month. [Post]
  • An investigation of Dacha Beer Garden's bathrooms [DCist]
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