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Try and identify Buzzard Point on a map. Well neither could the rich people, and that’s the problem.

“For nearly 20 years, government agencies had been trying to redevelop Buzzard Point, but they always faced the same issue: Nobody with money seemed to know where it was,” writes Neil Flanagan for this week’s City Paper cover story. 

Flanagan investigated three failed campaigns to revitalize Buzzard Port. There is, however, a renewed effort. Will redevelopment stick this time? Or will the coronavirus pandemic mean the cranes and dusty lots remain permanent fixtures for another decade or two? 

Read the full story online.

—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)       

  • As of Aug. 6, D.C. reported no additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 75 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers to 587 and 12,518, respectively. [EOM

  • A landlord filed an eviction against a laid off chef who didn’t accept a payment plan offer. Another landlord threatened to change the locks to a house of three jobless creative types. The inevitability of mass evictions once moratoriums end is why tenants continue to call for rent cancellation. [WCP]

  • Some of D.C.’s biggest developers scored multiple PPP loans to weather the pandemic.  [BizJournal]

  • Parents of special education students believe there is a safe way to educate them offline. The stakes are too high not to; they aren’t just falling behind academically, but losing key life skills. [Post]

  • D.C.’s experience with insurance companies that will soon manage health plans for people who are low-income or disabled. [DCLine]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • D.C.’s “once in a lifetime opportunity” to buy Georgetown Day School’s former property involves bureaucratic buck-passing and a mysterious third party. [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of the D.C. Council pushed back against President Trump’s preference to deliver his convention acceptance speech from the White House. [Post]

  • Magic mushrooms are on the ballot this November. [DCist]

  • The D.C. police union is suing the District for excluding discipline from collective bargaining. [DCist, Post]

  • Conservative groups want their own street mural. [DCist]

  • Congress is sparring over student debt relief, among other issues in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation. [WAMU]

  • D.C.’s public campaign financing needs transparency. [Blade]

  • Veteran D.C. cop Mark L. Clark was indicted for allegedly using illegal chokeholds in two July 2018 incidents. [Post]

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

  • The eight neighborhood bars and restaurants we’ve relied on during the pandemic. [WCP]

  • Employees of Rose’s Restaurant Group speak out about working conditions that don’t align with Aaron Silverman’s promises to take care of his staff. [DCist]

  • Have you had your fill of mumbo sauce lately? [Post]

  • Where to eat seafood on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. [Eater DC]

  • How Cureate is helping food entrepreneurs during the pandemic. [WUSA]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Hurston/Wright Foundation virtually gathers literary stars for Writers Week and continues its mission to increase Black literary representation. [WCP]

  • Laura Lippman’s My Life as a Villainess goes down easy, our critic writes. [WCP]

  • Key figures in D.C.’s concert industry talk about the future of live music. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Recently recovered from COVID-19, Hyattsville native Frances Tiafoe is looking forward to playing the U.S. Open starting this month. Not all of his fellow pros share his excitement of competing at the Grand Slam in New York City during the pandemic. [WCP]

  • Forget the playoffs. The MLB, which is asking its players to play and travel during a pandemic, can’t even go a week without a positive coronavirus case. [WCP]

  • After starting the season 3-0, the Mystics have dropped their last two games. [Bullets Forever]

  • NBC Sports Washington and other regional sports sites from NBCUniversal are being hit hard with layoffs. Rob Carlin, a longtime Caps show anchor, hosted two shows after learning NBC Sports Washington would not be renewing his contract. [Awful Announcing, Post]

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

Emma Sarappo is away from her desk. She’ll be back next week.

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