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Residents of Barry Farm in Ward 8 are worried they’ll be displaced by a new development made of mixed-income housing under the District’s New Communities Initiative. Already, for a variety of reasons, only 254 of 432 units at a major public housing complex there remained occupied by the end of 2015. “It’s still our home,” one woman says.


  • Could it be? Mayor Muriel Bowser says the H Street–Benning Road streetcar will open to the public on Feb. 27. [City Desk, WAMU, Post, The Hill]
  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine wants to ban PACs that can raise limitless funds in some years. [Post]
  • The mayor launched the first phase of development for the Wizards’ new practice arena yesterday. [City Desk, DCist]
  • Two men were fatally shot inside a home on the 500 block of 58th NE on Thursday. [WUSA9, WJLA]
  • Residents and councilmembers expressed concerns about the District’s response to January’s major snowstorm. [City Desk, WTOP]
  • Police arrested two men in connection with a shooting last week that injured an infant and an adult who were inside a barber shop. [Post]
  • Members of the D.C. teachers union aren’t happy about extended school years at a handful of schools. [WAMU]


  • Careful What You Fish For: How is the local seafood industry reacting to an advisory that found local rockfish may contain potentially dangerous levels of chemicals?
  • Raising Hell: Artist JJ Brine will set up his “Gallery of Satan” in D.C. this May. Abandon hope…
  • #choochoo7: That’s the hashtag the Bowser administration is using to promote the streetcar. Wait, what?

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

  • It’s really happening: streetcar to start running on Feb. 27. [City Desk, WAMUWBJ, GGWPost]
  • But what’s with that hashtag? [City Desk]
  • Whither the business lobby? [LL]
  • Surprise: Jeff Thompson is taking his time with a court case. [LL]
  • Pedestrians unhappy with blizzard response. [City DeskTimes, WAMU]
  • Union not happy about longer school year. [WAMU]

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

  • Congrats to WCP contributor Kriston Capps, who won the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism! [Arts Desk]
  • The Max Levine Ensemble completes a trilogy that could rival the original Star Wars with its video for “Backlash, Baby.” [The A.V. Club]
  • Listen to “Jada & Styles,” a new jam from Maryland’s Nature Boi and Brain Rapp. [Bandwidth]
  • Roger Gastman‘s latest book and film, Wall Writers, looks at the history of graffiti. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Bars where happy hour ends at last call [Post]
  • Where to enjoy breakfast all day long [Eater]
  • Seasonal Pantry not pleased with for lease sign; staying open through April. [PoPville]
  • ‘Pornburger’ chef and artist to collaborate during nude drawing dinner. [Borderstan]
  • Museums eye more healthful menus. [NPR]
  • Burger guru Travis Weiss and the best damn burger he’s ever had [Burger Days]