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

Supermajorities of the D.C. Council approved two controversial measures during a routine legislative session on Nov. 7. The first would provide more than $82 million in subsidies for Union Market developers. The second would demand that homeless people prove District residency to access emergency shelters. Both votes have caused observers to wonder how progressive the D.C. Council really is.


  • According to experts, D.C. remains a top location for Amazon’s HQ2. [WTOP]

  • Like an ex-lover, Metro claims it’s changed and wants riders back. [Post]

  • Layers of human hair and skin cells that accumulate on Metro tracks can cause fires. [NBC4]

  • Witness says elderly man was beaten and robbed at Anacostia Metro. WMATA says he “was showing signs of intoxication.” [Fox5]

  • Watergate gets a rooftop ice rink that, surprisingly, contains no ice. [WJLA]

  • BWI wants to ease traffic congestion so badly, it’s offering an hour of free parking. [WTOP]

  • Six locals race to see which bike share service works best. [Post]

  • Want to make urban transportation better? Drive less. [GGW]

  • Arthritic National Zoo panda Tian Tiangets acupuncture to deal with the pain. [Post]


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

  • Brandon Todd proposes universal free lunch for D.C. public [and some private] school students. [WAMU]

  • Felony charges against some Inauguration Day protesters dropped, as prosecutors continue to look for jurors. [Washingtonian]

  • The Lab School will replace its campus pool with a theater. [Current]

  • Tracing the path of one illegal gun, those who trafficked it, and the damage done. [Post]

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

  • For D.C. nativeKelela, musical empowerment comes from vulnerability. [WCP]

  • Listen to the debut EP from local hardcore group Civic Duty. [Stereogum]

  • With his Rhizome residency, ethnomusicologist and musician Thomas Stanley is expanding minds. [Post]

  • Have you seen actor John Cleese’s diary? He thinks he left it in D.C. [Fox5]

  • Despite declining revenue, the Newseum remains popular on TripAdvisor. [WTOP]

  • Owner of Middle C Music offers free repairs to D.C. middle school band. [WJLA]

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

  • What is life like for line cooks in D.C.? [WCP]

  • The Compass Rose team readies to open sister restaurant Maydan. [Washingtonian]

  • Which of D.C.’s hidden bars is the easiest to get into? [Post]

  • Booze-free beer sales are increasing in Europe. Will that also happen stateside? [NPR]

  • Craft beer bar High Sidewill move into the Villa Mozart space in Fairfax. [NoVa Mag]

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

  • Instead of shipping container condos, Brookland’s getting new retail space. [Curbed DC]

  • New National Building Museum exhibit showcases adaptable furniture. [UrbanTurf]

  • More than 85 percent of units at Capitol Hills One-Five Condos have sold. [UrbanTurf]

  • Check out new plans for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Southwest development. [SWTLQTC]

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