A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To build or not to build? That is the question before the Shakespeare Theatre Company, which last year announced it would construct its new headquarters in Southwest, in partnership with Alexandria-based developer Erkiletian. Since then, some residents have cried foul over the project’s proposed height and density, citing concerns about overdevelopment. Both sides are now engaged in a standoff that could partly determine the future of Southwest.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Mayor Muriel Bowser and MPD Chief Cathy Lanier announced Wednesday that the District will offer bigger rewards for gun tips, to help crack down on the city’s rising violent-crime problem. [Loose Lips]
- Hours later, at a Ward 7 town hall meeting, people expressed anger over D.C.’s crime-response. [WUSA9]
- Local transportation buzz: Car2Go will expand to Arlington, and Metro is “a mess.” [City Desk, The Hill]
- Zookeepers at the National Zoo believe that panda Mei Xiang seems to be pregnant. [City Desk]
- D.C. statehood activists hit the beaches of Ocean City, Md. yesterday to advocate for the cause. [City Desk]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- “Unacceptable”: That’s what Mayor Muriel Bowser called D.C.’s homicide spike last week. How are she and other District officials managing the growing violent-crime issue? Our Loose Lips columnist considers.
- August is the Cruelest Month: For restaurants, that is. Or so it used to be, owners tell Young & Hungry.
- Hank’s on the Water(front): D.C. eatery Hank’s Oyster Bar will open at the future Wharf project in 2017.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Muriel Bowser ups rewards for gun tips as homicide rate spikes. [LL, NBC4]
- Cathy Lanier says her new deployments aren’t driving crime. [Post]
- Finalist designs revealed for World War I memorial. [WBJ]
- Armed robbery suspects arrested. [Post]
- New task force aims at improving coordination with charter schools. [Post]
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Chuck Brown Memorial Park has been open for a year. Has it won over its neighbors? [Arts Desk]
- Five designs that could become D.C.’s next World War I memorial [CityLab]
- These D.C. skateboarding videos were filmed on a betamax in the ’80s. [DCist]
- An interview with Hyattsville artist (and former Hirshhorn conservator) Clarke Bedford on his steampunk art cars [Theodore Carter]
- Watch a new video from Young Rapids for “Odd Numbers.” [DC Music Download]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Eight amazing cocktails to try right now in D.C. [Zagat]
- DC Summer Restaurant Week extensions [Washingtonian]
- Tai Shan Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown closes at the end of the month. [Eater]
- Tom Sietsema gives veggie-heavy fast-casual restaurant Beefsteak two stars. [Post]
- Big Bear Cafe launches monthly family-style dinner called Wine and Swine. [PoPville]
- D.C.’s 14 best summer restaurant and bar openings [Thrillist]