A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

“This is not the last time we will have a conversation about how to make Metro better.”

Three days after Metro ridership spiked to near-record levels, transportation officials will meet Tuesday to kick off a region-wide effort to repair and rejuvenate the area’s faulty network. A nine-member Metro oversight commission, which held its inaugural meeting this month, was tasked by the federal government with investigating safety incidents and proposing fixes. The neglected system recently received a historic $500 million annual investment from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.


  • Thousands of Washingtonians marched this weekend to protest gun violence. Here are a few of their stories. [WCP]

  • The march was also likely the largest public demonstration in the Capitol’s history. [USA TODAY]

  • Have extra Metro cards after March for Our Lives? Mail them to Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit working to end chronic homelessness in D.C. [Miriam’s Kitchen]

  • In D.C., black girls were arrested over 30 times more frequently than were white kids in 2015. [CityLab]

  • Lawmakers in Maryland are still struggling with crime in Baltimore. [Post]

  • Requisite cherry blossom peak bloom update: Expect flowers between April 8 and 12. [WTOP]

  • You’re invited to a City Paper event at the LINE Hotel featuring those who remember D.C. in the days after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. [WCP]

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

  • Is a rematch brewing? Bowser and Gray debate when a new hospital can open. [WCP]

  • PhilMendelson: “I’ve been progressive before progressive was cool.” [Barras Report]

  • Trayon White’s supporters haven’t lost faith in him over anti-Semitic comments. [Post]

  • Following White’s remarks, the Council will meet with Jewish leaders on Tuesday. [Post]

  • A falling speaker injured a deputy mayor during a rally for the March for Our Lives. [Post]

  • Residents have varying views on prospective changes to D.C.’s Comp Plan. [Post, Post]

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

  • Listen to a 1968 playlist of songs inspired by George Pelecanos’ classic novel Hard Revolution. [WCP]

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda took in the Kennedy Center’s performance of his own musical,In The Heights. [Post]

  • Lisa White, talent behind of The Wharf’s Pearl Street Warehouse, talks about the D.C. music scene. [DC Music Download]

  • On their debut record, The Messthetics prove to be much more than a quasi Fugazi reunion. [WCP]

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

  • Petworth hotspot Himitsu is serving brunch for three weekends. [WCP]

  • Airbnb: friend or foe of the neighborhood restaurant? [Eater]

  • Eater is removing Mike Isabella’s restaurants from its maps and guides. [Washingtonian]

  • And, Chef Mike Rafidi resigns from his posts at Mike Isabella Concepts. [Washingtonian]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema is an early fan of Mi Vida at The Wharf. [Post]

  • A federal spending bill moves to protect tips from operators. [NPR]

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

  • It sure looks like the FBI will have to move its headquarters to the ‘burbs. [WTOP]

  • A look at the ever-changing Mount Pleasant. [WTOP]

  • The History Channel paid for the restoration of Meridian Hill’s Jeanne D’Arc, the only sculpture of a woman on horseback in the city. [PoPville]

  • D.C.’s biggest grocery problem: There remain massive food deserts across the river. [Washingtonian]


  • ANC 4B meets today at 7:00 p.m. 6001 Georgia Ave. NW.

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