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Local D.C. has been subject to a lot of dings in the national media, as of late. Remember when the New York Times described the city as an “isolating and serious place to live” because apparently only transplants and politicos live here?

So when Bloomberg published an article on Tuesday with a headline that reads “Washington Is the Most Exciting Food City in America,” it was a nice sea change. Unfortunately, as City Paper’s Laura Hayes writes, the moment was short lived.

“[S]omeone didn’t use the Google machine and, for starters, got three names wrong. They all belong to prominent, trailblazing chefs of color who had momentous years,” writes Hayes. “There were also some factual inaccuracies and glossing over of major issues facing the D.C. area. The story says ‘restaurant desert’ neighborhoods don’t really exist here.’”

It’s clear that the Bloomberg reporter hasn’t traveled to Wards 7 and 8, where there are only a handful of full-service restaurants despite there being a population close to 160,000, as previously reported by City Paper

This raises the question: Has any national news shop written accurately and holistically about D.C. culture? (Excluding the Post, of course.) Have a favorite article? Write me by replying to this newsletter or emailing me directly. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Missing D.C. trans woman, 21-year-old Angel Rose Garcia, found dead in Hyattsville apartment. [Blade]

  • Environmental groups demand Washington Gas start transition to zero emissions and serve D.C.’s 2050 climate goals. [Sierra Club]

  • American University to offer 10 full scholarships to D.C. residents. [Post]

  • DC’s oldest food truck explains why it can’t open a brick-and-mortar store. [WUSA9]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • It’s going to take more than a little inclement weather to stop a D.C. groundbreaking. [WCP]

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans supported exclusive access to one field for a private school (which his son attended), but opposes upgrading another nearby field that D.C. wants to use for three public schools. [DC Line, Deadspin]

  • Congress blocks recreational weed in D.C. again. [DCist]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • D.C. food writers on the best and worst of dining in 2019. [BYT]

  • The D.C. area is getting a wave of new supermarkets. [WBJ]

  • Reactions to a bill that would require restaurants to compost their food scraps. [DCist]

  • Satellite Room is closing at the end of the month. [PoPville]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Sleigher: Chicago, “I’m Your Santa Claus” [WCP]

  • How The Trombone King went from performing for commuters to big gigs. [DCist]

  • The Reclaim, a new gender issues and advocacy event series, aims for intersectionality and inclusion. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ben Olsen is returning for a 10th season as D.C. United’s coach. [Black & Red United]

  • Georgetown men’s basketball continues to win after four players left the program mid-season, but the school’s handling of the developing story and lack of transparency warrants criticism. [WCP]

  • The Post released its annual All-Met teams honoring the area’s best high school athletes for the fall 2019 season. [Post]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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