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

After the Civil War, 50,000 African-American refugees sought new lives in Washington, D.C. Many settled in downtown neighborhoods like Shaw and Foggy Bottom, where there was more work, but some created a new community near D.C.’s highest point. Called Reno City, it became a thriving enclave for D.C.’s black community that supported churches, stores, and social clubs. But the neighborhood’s ideal location also appealed to racist whites, who wanted the land for themselves. Using a series of political moves, neighbors and developers forced black residents out and turned Reno into a park that’s now best known for its summer concert series.


  • Police seize more than 50 pounds of marijuana and arrest three people while executing search warrant in Southwest D.C. [WTOP]

  • Lack of protected bike lanes worries D.C. cyclists and pedestrians after New York attack. [WUSA9]

  • Appeals court must decide whether Metro’s ridership drop should factor into Purple Line decision. [Post]

  • Contractors and subcontractors working on the proposed maglev train between D.C. and New York must use union workers. [WBJ]

  • Man facing 10 years in prison for defacing Lincoln Memorial with a penny misses court date because he’s stuck in Russia. [WTOP]

  • Skip the Red Line this weekend: 30 minute wait times are expected from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. [DCist]

  • D.C.’s aging cab drivers are a dying breed in the ride-sharing age. [WAMU]

  • Tensions rise between Democrats and Republicans at WeWork near White House. [Washingtonian]

  • National Park Service wants ideas for improving the Jefferson Memorial experience. [WTOP]

  • The Wizards blew an early lead and lost to Phoenix. [Post]

  • But at least this Georgetown University bus driver got to sing the National Anthem at the game. [NBC4]


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

  • New York has an Office of Nightlife, and Brandon Toddwants one too. [Post]

  • He and Bladecolumnist Mark Lee discuss the need for a “night mayor” on Kojo. [WAMU]

  • Deb Simmons takes apart the D.C. Public Schools strategic plan. [Times]

  • Sales tax holiday makes for bad public policy. [D.C. Policy Center]

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

  • LIsten to a new song from Bat Fangs, featuringEx Hex’s Betsy Wright. [NPR Music]

  • Get to know Ulta Beauty, one of D.C.’s coolest new bands. [Post]

  • A 50,000-square foot vinyl pressing plant is opening in Fairfax. [DC Music Download]

  • Shirikiana Gerimareflects on 20 years of owning Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Get your first taste of Taco Bambain D.C. starting Nov. 8. [WCP]

  • Old Town Alexandria Japanese spot Nasimeis Northern Virginia’s top restaurant. [NoVa Mag]

  • Jamaican fusion food is having a moment nationwide, including at Kith and Kin. [Eater]

  • Drink $5 “Moscow Muellers” every time a Trump associate gets indicted. [Washingtonian]

  • Look insideThe Block, a happening Annandale food hall. [Edible]

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

  • D.C. Zoning Commission OKs all-affordable building featuring family-sized apartments in Buzzard Point. [UrbanTurf]

  • Metro reliability and housing prices could hinder D.C.’s bid for Amazon HQ2. [Bisnow]

  • Check out more renderings of the Fannie Mae HQ redevelopment. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C.’s poorer neighborhoods tend to have fewer trees, according to new report. [WAMU]

  • The two-year renovation of Woodley Park’s Wardman Tower condos is complete. [Curbed DC]

  • D.C. and Akridge may go to trial over land seizure for D.C. United stadium. [WBJ]

  • Vornado Realty Trust plans to sell its remaining real estate in the D.C. region. [WBJ]

  • 16 affordable townhouses planned on the site of a vacant lot in Ward 8. [DHCD]

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