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The head honchos of the District’s executive and legislative branches are engaged in a battle over four ramshackle houses in Historic Anacostia that’s dragged on for more than half a year and probably won’t conclude anytime soon. Meanwhile, neighborhood residents are being forced to tolerate the decades-old eyesores despite their efforts to have them rehabilitated, and the city overall is grappling with a significant housing shortage. “This is disappointing because at the end of the day, the people who are going to suffer are the residents who will continue to have to live near blight,” says a neighborhood commissioner.


  • It was the first fire for D.C. firefighter Dane Smothers Jr., who was critically injured Wednesday night. [Post]

  • Federal officials agree to come up with new plan for FBI HQ within four months. [WBJ]

  • These 11 D.C. intersections will soon be safer for pedestrians. [WTOP]

  • Meat from 116 Canadian geese will be donated to feed the homeless. [NBC4]

  • Wilson High School advocates fear funding is insufficient. [Current]

  • A 14-year-old girl was killed in Maryland when a tree toppled atop car. [NBC4, WTOP]

  • World War II “Cobra King” tank has been installed at the National Museum of the United States Army. [Post]

  • Neighborhoods push back on streetlight replacement plan. [Current]


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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser heads to Florida for vacation. [Post]

  • Trump nominee for U.S. attorney in D.C. to succeed Channing Phillips heads to Senate. [Post]

  • Is Hollywood “snubbing” D.C.? [WAMU]

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

  • Film nerds can stream the entire Criterion Collection with their D.C. Public Library cards. [DCist]

  • LL Cool J, Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan, and Lionel Richie are among this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees. [Post]

  • Jason Mendelson, the man who wrote a song about all 91 Metro stations. [WAMU]

  • At The American University Museum, Carl De Keyzer‘s photographs of Cuba and North Korea. [WCP]

  • Artist to watch: Winzday Love’s heartfelt blues will stir your soul. [DC Music Download]

  • H Street’s getting a new book store. [DCist]

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

  • Local author Michael Twitty talks racism in food post “Southern Discomfort Tour.” [Washingtonian]

  • McDonald’s is grasping at straws with new kale and Sriracha burger. [Post]

  • A deep-dive on “summer’s endless, pink-hued purgatory:” rosé wine. [Eater]

  • Which local IPA do people in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. prefer most? [DC Refined]

  • A quick replacement for Nam-Viet in Cleveland Park. [PoPville]

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

  • Study finds that D.C. region’s housing market (along with four others) is inflated. [WTOP]

  • But other studies conclude rents for apartments in the D.C. area are cooling off. [Bisnow]

  • D.C. Council set for initial vote on proposed Airbnb regulations in September. [WTOP]

  • The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in D.C. is down—barely. [Washingtonian]

  • Historic Preservation Review Board approves piece of Walter Reed project. [UrbanTurf]

  • Capital One acquires corner property in Georgetown for $50 million. [WBJ]

  • The latest hip and trendy neighborhood in the D.C. region: Hyattsville, Maryland. [Post]

  • About one in five D.C. area homeowners plan to use credit to finance renovations. [Post]

  • Ex-Libyan embassy building on Embassy Row now selling for $5.8 million. [Curbed DC]

  • What kinds of apartments you can rent in the District for $2,600 per month. [Curbed DC]

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