The Needle: An Urban Exodus

Urban Exodus: D.C's hallmark half-smoke joint, Ben's Chili Bowl, is relinquishing its D.C. exclusiveness and expanding to Arlington. -2
New Orleans Blues: The D.C. tax office shut down the frequently complained-about-by-neighbors TruOrleans restaurant on H Street NE today. +2

With 30 New Ambulances, Fire Department Seeks Redemption

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced today the addition of 30 new ambulances to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services' ailing fleet, a move he called a "turning point" in a "tumultuous time" for the department. The ambulances will all be delivered by the end of 2013, and each will run the city nearly $250,000. At a press [...]

The Needle: Frank Gets Frank On Frank Underwood

A Legal Joint: A once very illegal eight-unit rowhouse is being transformed into two legal vertical apartments. +2
Frankly Frank: Former Rep. Barney Frank criticized Netflix's House of Cards for its inaccurate portrayal of the relationship between local D.C. politics and Congress. +1

Photo: Palisades Parade

MacArthur Boulevard, July 4.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

Photos: Rally For Citizenship

Capitol Lawn, April 10th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

Photos: Park View Recreation Center

600 Block Otis Pl. NW.  March 23rd.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

Photos: 43rd Annual Turkey Bowl

Slideshow.  Dunbar defeats Anacostia, 12-8.  Nov. 22nd.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

H Street Festival

Slideshow.  H Street, NE.  Sept. 15th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

Photo: Mayor Vincent Gray

2700 Block 14th St., NW.  July 28th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

Photos: 46th Annual Palisades Parade

Slideshow.  MacArthur Blvd to Sherier Pl., NW.  July 4th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

Photos: Rosedale Rec Center Opening

Slideshow.  Rosedale Rec Center, 1701 Gales St., NE.  May 25th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

Former Gray Speechwriter To Lead Huffington Post

Huh. City Paper alum Mike DeBonis notes that the new top editor at the Huffington Post is one Jimmy Soni, a 26-year-old former speechwriter for Mayor Vince Gray who worked in the mayor's office until April of last year.

City Paper’s Schaffer: “Gray Never Promised Dramatic Change”

Well, well, a familiar name—in red type, even!—was below the fold of the Sunday Outlook section in the Post. City Paper's brilliant and fearless leader Michael Schaffer wrote an essay arguing that Mayor Vince Gray has done exactly what he promised: Very little.
“Measure us on the things I said we were going to do,” Gray said at [...]

Photos: Turkey Bowl

Photo Gallery.  Dunbar 33 Coolidge 21.  Nov. 24th.  © 2011 Matt Dunn

Photo: Meeting Mayor Gray

1300 Block Pennsylvania Ave, NW.  Sept. 11th.  © 2011 Matt Dunn