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Among pristine high-rises and condemned buildings are thousands of poorly maintained low-rent units in limbo. Our cover story looks at some of those buildings, from Brightwood to Congress Heights, and the people who live there.


  • U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is shaking up Metro’s board. [Post, WAMU]
  • Metro is conducting a “maintenance surge” on a long troublesome stretch of the Red Line. [City Desk]
  • The Dupont Underground’s “Raise/Raze” exhibit that uses balls from the National Building Museum’s “Beach” opens tomorrow. [Post]
  • Report: Charter school enrollment in D.C. is outpacing traditional public school enrollment. [City Desk]
  • Ex-Mayor Vince Gray’s 2010 campaign chauffeur is asking a judge to get rid of his plea deal. [Post]
  • What’s going to happen to RFK Memorial Stadium when D.C. United moves away in 2018? [District Dig]
  • Playoffs: The Washington Capitals won during overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. [ESPN]


  • Reading Rainbow: Can volunteer reading programs help close the District’s achievement gap?
  • Pineapple Impress: Chef Aaron Silverman—of Rose’s Luxury fame—reenvisions “fine dining.”
  • Local Brews: DC Brau has released five anniversary beers in collaboration with breweries across the U.S.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Feds shake up the Metro board. [Post]
  • Legalization woes for pot businesses. [WBJ]
  • District uses tax stats to push for statehood. [Times]
  • Vincent Orange scores the Ward 8 Democrats endorsement. [Afro]
  • Considering whether reading volunteers can close DCPS’ achievement gap. [City Desk]
  • Defunct D.C. Trust talk on today’s Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • Unions aren’t behind all of Metro’s problems. [Post]

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

  • A 15-foot blue chicken is coming to the National Gallery of Art’s East Building this summer. [Post]
  • As are chocolate sculptures. [Arts Desk]
  • Here’s who to catch at Broccoli City Fest this weekend. [DC Music Download]
  • Happy International Jazz Day! [Post]
  • Photos of Bob Mould and Ted Leo at 9:30 Club. [Arts Desk]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Tiki taste test at Jack Rose Dining Saloon [BYT]
  • What you need to know about D.C.’s MasterChef auditions [Washingtonian]
  • Shanghai Taste review: the virtuoso of soup dumplings [Post]
  • Shaw’s Eat the Rich to become Star Wars cantina for May the 4th. [Borderstan]
  • Indulge with these 13 fast-casual calorie bombs. [Eater]
  • How the restaurant industry can start thinking green. [DC Refined]