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Residents of D.C.’s toniest ward are suing the District in an attempt to block city officials from moving forward with the construction of a new homeless shelter at the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District station. The civil lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges that administrators sidestepped an Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s review of the site. The filing follows a months-long debate over how the District should close the failing D.C. General shelter.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Rejoice: Sunday service and shorter wait times are coming to the D.C. streetcar starting Sept. 18. [WAMU]
- Uber is launching “scheduled rides” in D.C. that you can book 30 minutes to 30 days in advance. [WAMU]
- Metro’s special board meeting today is a chance for members to appear tough on Paul Wiedefeld. [Post]
- “D.C. has great transportation options.” Discuss. [Greater Greater Washington]
- Federal judges will take up the District’s concealed-carry gun law on appeal next month. [WAMU]
- Report: Significant leadership changes are headed for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services. [NBC4]
- The District saw a record number of tourists last year: 21.3 million, bringing in more than $7 billion. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- The Other Side of Cathy Lanier’s Legacy: What the outgoing MPD chief’s critics say about her tenure.
- Extinguished Career: The story of onetime hero cop Adrian James.
- New Atlantic Pluming Restaurant: Haikan opens Saturday and will offer Sapporo-style ramen and more.
- “Fuck It Frosé Week”: 2 Birds 1 Stone kicks off a week of frozen rosé with a twist of vermouth Monday.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- State Board of Ed race keeps generating news. [LL]
- DGS miscommunication behind “missing” playground firetruck. [Borderstan, Post]
- Convention center keeps doing brisk business. [WBJ]
ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Andras Fekete, one of D.C.’s most inventive musical visionaries, has created a mass guitar ensemble that he never intended to be perfect. [WCP]
- Listen to the first track from the solo debut of Pearie Sol. [Spark Mag]
- And a new song by Young Summer. [DC Music Download]
- Brightest Young Things announces full Bentzen Ball lineup, which includes Weird Al and for some reason, Malcom Gladwell. [BYT]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? email@example.com)
- D.C.’s best breakfast sandwiches. [Thrillist]
- Get your first taste of The Bird. [Borderstan]
- All the pork buns fit to print. [Eater]
- Leesburg gets new breweries. Road trip? [NoVa Mag]
- Oh, New York, where there’s a toddler supper club. [Bon Appetit]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A Foggy Bottom resident founded EmergencyBnB to house refuges and domestic violence victims. [Post]
- “Can [the planned] St. Elizabeths sports complex be Ward 8’s Verizon Center?” [WTOP]
- Surprise: America’s richest families benefit the most from housing subsidies. [Greater Greater Washington]
- A 300-bed “halfway house” proposed for a vacant office site in Southwest stirs controversy. [Curbed DC]
- Analysis: You need an annual income of more than $80,000 to afford a home in the District. [Curbed DC]
- Anacostia’s housing market is hot, with home sales and prices up 131 and 17 percent. [UrbanTurf]