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

In 2007 D.C.’s Department of Public Works was allotted $100,000 annually to commission artists to paint murals over unsightly graffiti. By the end of 2016, 60 murals had been painted. But since the program launched, development in D.C. has rapidly shifted the city’s classic look and feel. The facades that were once supported by brick and mortar are now adorned with sleek glass and steel. As construction continues to boom all around the city, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find space to paint. Even if a mural should find a home, it has to fight to survive.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Sanford Capital owner may be held personally liable for tenant damages. [WCP]

  • Troubled residents attend town hall on missing persons. [WJLA]

  • Visiting artist found tied up and stabbed to death on Capitol Hill. [Post]

  • Police search for suspects after two men are stabbed on Anacostia River Trail. [DCist]

  • Parents of college student shot dead while home on spring break speak. [Post]

  • GWU officials surprise 10 D.C. students will full scholarships. [GW Hatchet, WJLA]

  • Surviving cherry blossoms are on blooming phase five out of six. [NBC4]

  • DCA makeover will cost $1 billion. Expect construction and traffic delays. [NBC4]

  • Two 17-year-olds went missing in Southeast on Tuesday. [FOX5]

  • Southwest D.C. girl, 15, has been found. [WUSA9]

  • D.C. school teacher accused of child sex abuse may take plea deal. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • Board of Education approves 5-star rating system for all public schools. [Post]

  • D.C. Council backs public campaign-financing measure. [Times]

  • Freshman Virginia Congressman wants to neuter D.C. gun laws to allow assault weapons and concealed carry. [WAMU]

  • New security building part of $1 billion renovation at National Airport. [WAMU]

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

  • Rest in peace legendary jazz musician Buck Hill. [WCP]

  • Kennedy Center puts the spotlight on international productions. [Post]

  • Read the thrilling conclusion of part III of Beck Levy’s Hand Grenade Job tour diary. [WCP]

  • Listen to a soulful new single from Dreamcast. [DC Music Download]

  • Donald Trump: Architecture critic. [Washingtonian]

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

  • A local coffee roaster is headed to the U.S. Coffee Championships. [WCP]

  • The Smith is already getting a sister restaurant at 13th and U Street. [DCist]

  • Why D.C. beers are left off national lists recognizing the best breweries. [WBJ]

  • How to drink Rodham Rye named after Hillary Clinton. [Washingtonian]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema highly recommends Fish at MGM National Harbor. [Post]

  • These are the biggest mistakes Americans make when eating in Asia. [Thrillist]

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

  • The city has acquired a property long sought by slumlord Sanford Capital. [WBJ]

  • Peebles Corp. sells Courtyard Marriott in downtown D.C. for $83 million. [WBJ]

  • Editorial: D.C. should keep investing in affordable housing despite issues. [GGW]

  • Eckington: 330-unit mixed-use project planned near Met Branch Trail. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. region’s housing inventory has declined 27 percent since 2012. [UrbanTurf]

  • Reagan National Airport is set to get a $1 billion makeover this year. [Curbed DC]

  • Plenty of investment is being made in Southwest D.C.’s office market. [Bisnow]

  • Public housing complex in Southeast goes green so tenants can save. [WUSA9]

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