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“What does it mean to feel supported as an artist? Does it mean that making a living is easier here? No. Does it mean that the cultural institutions are open to hearing from you? In some ways, yes.”

After two years and a quarter of a million dollars, a group of agencies across D.C. have published a draft of the city’s so-called “cultural plan,” a mammoth, first-of-its-kind document outlining ways that the District can support local artists and creators. But “a lot of people in D.C.’s numerous creative communities—artists, musicians, dancers, actors, educators—are skeptical of the Cultural Plan,” City Paper’s Stephanie Rudig and Matt Cohen write in this week’s cover story. Here’s why those people think the plan falls short of its lofty ambitions.

Other City Paper stories in print this week:

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The $2.7 billion extension of Metro’s Silver Line encounters concrete problems. [NBC4]

  • Get a hearty laugh from this photo from the Metro funding bill signing ceremony. [Twitter]

  • D.C.: Cruise town? [WBJ]

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools will extend the academic year by three days. [WTOP]

  • A former Maryland PTA treasurer gets nine months in jail for embezzlement. [Post]

  • Twenty tenants were displaced after a fire roared through a Minnesota Ave. SE apartment complex. [WTOP]

  • The Wizards lost to Toronto in Game 5 of their playoff series. Game 6 is Friday at Capital One Arena. [WTOP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Teachers at D.C.’s only unionized charter school protest the intervention of paid consultants. [Post]

  • Op-ed: A former coworker of Trayon White’s defends his record in Ward 8. [Blade]

  • Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh meets with the Anti-Defamation League. [Twitter]

  • If Amazon chooses D.C. for HQ2, it could change the culture of the city. [New Republic]

  • Opinion: Contractors can’t hire locally because there’s a shortage of skilled laborers. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The new Avengers movie sucks, says our film critic. [WCP]

  • Maryland jazz vocalist and bassist Nicole Saphos talks about her new album, Buzz & Bloom. [Post]

  • 2018 Helen Hayes nominated writers and lyricists talk about the inspiration behind their work. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • The Smithsonian wants the Hirshhorn to receive historic landmark status. [WAMU]

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

  • The restaurateurs behindCafe Deluxe, Tortilla Coast, and Chef Geoff’s have merged their hospitality groups. [Washingtonian]

  • These eleven D.C. area restaurants give out cool freebies. [Eater]

  • The President of France dined at a D.C. restaurant best known for its tater tots.  [PoPville]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Nearly half a dozen Council members convened Thursday morning to discuss activists’ push for more permanent supportive housing funding. [Twitter]

  • Unraveling the history of the Watergate complex. [Curbed]

  • How to tell your neighbors to pipe down. [PoPville]

  • When housing developments shrink, so does Metro ridership. [GGW]

  • How the arrival of Amazon’s HQ2 could lead to rent hikes in D.C. [NYT]

  • Ben Carson plans to triple the amount our country’s poorest tenants must pay in rent every month. [Post]

HAPPENING TODAY

  • ANC 8D meets at 7:00 p.m. 4601 MLK Jr. Ave. SW.

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