Sign up for our free newsletter

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

Mary and Patrick Strauss signed 17 out of 19 loan documents purchasing Sanford Capital’s properties, where vermin, faucets that run feces-stained water, and vacant apartments left open to squatters are common conditions for hundreds of tenants. The Strausses claim they haven’t been involved in Sanford Capital since about 2012. A City Paper investigation reveals that they have. And they’ve also struck out on their own in real estate development in D.C.


  • D.C. fines Sanford Capital $539,000 for over 1,000 housing violations. [WAMU]

  • Pedestrian walkway over the Anacostia River project get $250,000. [UrbanTurf, WUSA9]

  • Put down that phone: D.C. drivers use their cells 2.26 times per trip. [Post]

  • Pedestrian deaths are down in D.C. and Maryland, but not Virginia. [WAMU]

  • Why some teens run away. [NBC4]

  • Elementary kids compete in robotics, courtesy of Pepco. [NBC4]

  • Thirty-one seconds of baby eagle hatching footage: [NBC4]

  • Two girls, 14 and 16, have gone missing from Southeast D.C. [WUSA9, WUSA9]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips?

  • Land Grab: Developer-mayor asks Trump for a ton of federal land. [WJLA]

  • ICYMI: Only 17 percent of D.C. police live in the District. [Times]

  • Bowser asks feds for more money for Metro. [FOX5]

  • City will require childcare workers to go to college. [Post]

  • Tales from a white teacher in Southeast. [GGW]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • A year after Bohemian Caverns closed, its namesake jazz orchestra soldiers on. [WCP]

  • Can you name five women artists? [The Gallery Gap]

  • In 1987, Kelly and Maze Tesfaye opened Twins Jazz—decades later, they never imagined it would become a local jazz institution. [Post]

  • Listen to a new Br’er single. [DC Music Download]

  • The best of local hardcore at this year’s Damaged City Fest. [Post]

  • Theater Alliance’s Mnemonic might be one of the area’s best of the year. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • Pamplona chef canned after some sort of altercation in the kitchen. [NoVa Mag]

  • Awkward: Both Toki Underground and Erik Bruner-Yang celebrate ramen anniversaries. [Washingtonian]

  • Area restaurants are offering small portions. [Post]

  • José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup gets a giant influx of cash. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, byAndrew Giambrone (tips?

  • Bowser makes affordable housing a centerpiece of annual District speech. [Post]

  • Bowser anticipated to maintain affordable housing funding this year. [Curbed DC]

  • The District’s famously designed libraries. [Curbed DC]

  • New York TimesDavid Brooks buys $2 million home on Capitol Hill. [WBJ]

  • Down to the final four FAR in super-nerdy zoning bracket tournament. [GGW]

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here.