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

The District’s plan to replace the D.C. General family homeless shelter with smaller shelters in each ward continues to evolve. In Ward 1, a plan to buy back a site at 10th and V streets NW fell through because the architect who owned it asked too high a price. Officials proposed yesterday that the Ward 1 shelter now be built at 2500 14th Street NW, currently home to the Rita Bright Family and Youth Recreation Center and a surface parking lot. The plan calls for 35 short-term use units for homeless families, 15 units of permanent supportive housing for low-income seniors, and a renovated rec center.


  • Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Mark Meadowswant to give public funding to D.C. families that opt out of public school options. [Post]

  • To deter robberies, D.C. introduces safe zones where buyers and sellers can exchange goods purchased on mobile marketplace apps. [WTOP]

  • D.C. man convicted of shooting barber shop patron to death in 2014. [WJLA]

  • Jackie Jeterwins special election to remain president of Metro’s largest union. [Post]

  • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduces legislation to protect senior citizens duped by misleading flyers. [NBC4]

  • D.C. might see its first snowflakes of the season this afternoon. [Capital Weather Gang]

  • Among Lyft’s top D.C. drop-off spots in 2017: Nellie’s Sports Bar, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and Georgetown University. [WTOP]

  • Washington Blade reporter excluded from annual White House Christmas celebration. [WJLA]

  • True tales from the Red Line shutdown: It hasn’t been pretty. [WBJ]

  • The bald eagle treated at City Wildlife for lead poisoning has died. [WTOP]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The definition of journalism comes up at the Inauguration Day protest trial. [Washingtonian]

  • A European transit official rode Metro for the first time. Here’s what he thought. [WAMU]

  • ICYMI: Georgetown businesses push back on residential parking restrictions. [Current]

  • Jack Evans and Karl Racinediscuss local politics in 2017 and make predictions for 2018. [Barras Report]

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

  • Anne Truitt‘s minimal abstractions get the spotlight at the National Gallery of Art. [WCP]

  • Post critic Peter Marks recalls his favorite theatrical moments of the year. [Post]

  • Kojo Nnamdi and NMWA curator Ginny Treanor explain how D.C. became a hub for black women practicing abstract art. [WAMU]

  • The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra’s holiday show and other jazz events to check out this weekend. [Washingtonian]

  • House of Cards creatorBeau Willimon debuts new D.C.-set play starring Uma Thurman and Josh Lucas … in New York. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Studio Theatre’s Curve of Departure is a tight-knit family drama with teeth. [WCP]

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

  • Goodbye Birreria Paradiso, hello Paradiso Game Room, featuring Skee-Ball, shuffleboard, and darts. [WCP]

  • The Dabney’s basement bar is open and serving ham and oysters. [WCP]

  • Aaron Silverman‘s casual cafe Little Pearl will serve pretzel gelati and gravlax. [Post]

  • Bicycle-themed Bar Roubaix opens tonight in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]

  • Sushi Nakazawa, soon to open at the Trump International Hotel, is accused of wage theft at its New York location. [Post]

  • Sexual harassment in restaurants can come from customers too. [Eater]

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

  • From 2016 to 2017, homelessness rose one percent nationally, but fell in D.C. [CityLab]

  • New legislation would shorten time frame landlords have to fix building code infractions. [UrbanTurf]

  • Meet Matt Kelly, the CEO of newly merged commercial real estate giant JBG Smith. [WBJ]

  • Home prices in Northwest’s Crestwood neighborhood jumped by almost $300,000 in 2017. [UrbanTurf]

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