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The first-ever audit of D.C.’s main source of affordable housing money—the Housing Production Trust Fund—reveals missing affordable apartments, inconsistently enforced income requirements, and data so unreliable even the auditor says some numbers may not be accurate. One developer took a $2 million loan to produce housing for lower income elderly residents in 2007, but neither fulfilled the promise nor suffered consequences.


  • Metro, Purple Line lose under Trump’s budget. [WAMU, Post, GGW]

  • “Nevermind”: Don’t be alarmed by reports of missing youth. [FOX5]

  • Baltimore girl trafficked in D.C. [FOX5]

  • Charity races passing Trump’s hotel have gotten a lot more expensive. [NBC4]

  • The story of an Afghan refugee family making a new home in Maryland. [WAMU]

  • Cherry bomb: Lack of cherry blossoms a drag on tourist economy. [WJLA]

  • Kesher Israel has a new rabbi years after its last leader left in scandal. [Post]

  • How federal worker cuts impact D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. [WBJ, WBJ]

  • Glover Park Whole Foods closes abruptly after health department makes a visit. [Post]

  • Less cold and windy, but not warm or dry. [Post]

  • Police ask public for help in four unsolved murders. [NBC4]


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

  • Jack Evans parks where he wants to. [WUSA9]

  • Right-leaning group backs dedicated funding for Metro. [WTOP]

  • Business-oriented local think tank profiled again. [Times]

  • Deborah Simmons: Deep-six the Housing Production Trust Fund. [Times]

  • GW students arrested in sit-in promote civil disobedience. [GW Hatchet]

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

  • Read an interview with Hand Grenade Job. [Bandcamp]

  • Six local music festivals to check out this spring/summer. [DC Music Download]

  • More local theater season announcements: Round House and Olney Theaters. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Snail Mailis the talk of the town at SXSW. [Stereogum]

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

  • You can now try ramen at your favorite bagel shop. [Eater]

  • Did you follow the McDonald’s twitter saga yesterday? [NPR]

  • Hibachi food for less than $7 coming soon. [PoPville]

  • Ex-pats think these are the best Irish pubs in D.C. [Thrillist]

  • Food magazine Lucky Peach is calling it quits. [Post]

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

  • The District may get its first LGBTQ senior home in the coming months. [WCP]

  • New renderings unveiled for former Barrel House Liquors project. [Curbed DC]

  • President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would empty D.C. offices. [WBJ]

  • Sursum Corda, a low-income housing complex, amid gentrification. [Medium]

  • Ex-Mayor Vince Gray hosts Ward 7 economic development meeting. [Twitter]

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