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The kind of grassroots city-hacking we’re seeing in the District—remember the Greenpeace crane folks?—is known as tactical urbanism. It’s the same spirit behind pop-up stores and community gardens, directed toward more subversive ends. It’s hard to predict all the consequences for the city, but here are a few to expect.


  • A detailed, dramatic, century-long history of one city block in Baltimore. [Post]

  • Do ride-sharing apps exacerbate D.C.’s traffic problems? [WAMU]

  • Bad news for bar-crawling Super Bowl fans: six Metro stations will be closed. [NBC4, Times]

  • Local refugees gathered in Arlington last night to discuss Trump’s ban. [NBC4]

  • District hospitals employed 28,000 people in 2015. [WBJ]

  • Last week’s explosion inside a police drug vault didn’t destroy too much evidence. [Post]

  • MLK Library will close in March for three-year renovation project. [NBC4]

  • Suspect in D.C. mansion murders will appear in court today. [WUSA]

  • Melania plans to summer in D.C. [WTOP]

  • Melvin Johnson, 12, went missing from a Northeast neighborhood yesterday. [WUSA]


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

  • Mary Cheh introduces a bill offering tax credits for those who donate food. [WBJ]

  • The “other D.C. Super Bowl”: D.C. versus Congress. [Times]

  • Listen: Introducing the Democracy in Crisis podcast. [WCP]

  • Suspensions down in some D.C. schools. Guess where they are not. [Post]

  • Scenes from last night’s Hacks ’n Flacks honoring Bruce Depuyt. [Twitter]

  • Fear among area university students affected by Trump’s travel ban. [WAMU]

  • Mayor’s office conducts online survey about public safety and justice. [Hill Rag]

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

  • Radiator Greys will haunt your dreams. [Post]

  • Sending posi vibes and PMA to Bad Brains frontman H.R. [DC Music Download]

  • Listen to a new song from Leftist. [WCP]

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

  • Why you can only make reservations two to four weeks in advance. [WCP]

  • Chefs and restaurateurs talk about potential Trump visits. [NYT]

  • Restaurateur Jamie Leeds pledges to donate $20,000. [WBJ]

  • Want to know where D.C. bartenders drink off the clock? [DC Refined]

  • These are the hottest restaurants in D.C. right now. [Eater]

  • Elite food Instagrammers and their influence. [Thrillist]

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

  • Boom town: D.C. raked in a record amount of tax revenue in fiscal year 2016. [WBJ]

  • Deconstructing the myths regarding public housing in the District and elsewhere. [GGW]

  • Report says it takes 3.5 years for new D.C.-area homeowners to break even. [UrbanTurf]

  • Public art may be coming to the future Pepco substation in Buzzard Point. [UrbanTurf]

  • Redeveloped Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to cost $208 million. [Curbed DC]

  • The White House fence is going to get bigger and stronger for security reasons. [WBJ]

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