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

To learn about life in the District, you can go out and talk to people. You can read about politics and development in local newspapers. But sometimes you need to look at numbers to grasp what’s going on around you. This week, we broke down data on everything from homelessness and unemployment to animal adoptions and park sizes to help you understand D.C. just a little bit better.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 22 people arrested after police seized 17 pounds of marijuana at a downtown establishment. [WTOP]

  • Brooklyn entrepreneurs bring “blankets of hope” to homeless D.C. residents. [WUSA9]

  • Police seek suspects who stole money and prescription drugs from Brookland pharmacy. [WJLA]

  • Metro leaders meet to discuss Red Line derailment and underground communication issues. [NBC Washington]

  • Learn more about the individuals nominated to join Metro’s safety committee. [GGW]

  • New George Washington University president is focusing on food. [Post]

  • What impact will the Supreme Court ruling on the “Peaches Party” have on individual homeowners? [WAMU]

  • Georgetown students get funding for their childcare-centered co-working space. [CurbedDC]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paperstaff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Progressive policy advocate Ed Lazere challenges Phil Mendelson in Council Chairman race. [WCP]

  • Bowser’s opposition to campaign finance reforms draws attention to her relationship with donors. [Post]

  • Ward 8 Democrats hold meeting to question Washington Gas merger. [Afro]

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

  • A guide to D.C.’s many different types of movie theaters. [Post]

  • Ras Nebyu, Matt McGhee, and Chris Richards discuss the rise of hip-hop in the DMV with Kojo Nnamdi. [WAMU]

  • A look back at Along Came a Spider, a mostly forgettable movie with a unique depiction of D.C. [BYT]

  • This week on Washington City Podcast: Managing EditorCaroline Jonestalks to playwright Theresa Rebeck about the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. [WCP]

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

  • Morris American Bar opens Feb. 1 with $12 cocktails. [WCP]

  • Fans of Edgar Allan Poeshould head to Iron Gate for Valentine’s Day. [WCP]

  • Navy Yard to get sprawling Mexican restaurant from Fritz Broganand Reed Landry. [WBJ]

  • Good news: Michelle Obama is still dining out in D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • Will Taylor Gourmet be able to hack it in Chicago? [Post]

  • A local Safeway is banning teens from entering the store. [PoPville]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone(tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Amazon’s arrival in D.C. would put more pressure on the region’s already tense housing market. [WTOP]

  • But Jeff Bezos’ commute from Kalorama home would be less than an hour. [WBJ]

  • Eventsy reveals plans for sports fields and playgrounds at RFK Stadium. [WBJ]

  • Kenyan McDuffie bill would require D.C. to study need for family-sized apartments. [UrbanTurf]

  • Redevelopment of West End’s Stevens School is finally imminent. [WBJ]

  • Carr Properties gets $166 million for West End office building. [WBJ]

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