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A judge rejected an ultimatum from the owner of Museum Square Apartments that low-income tenants come up with $250 million to buy the building or face eviction. The fight over the building sparked not just a court battle but legislation by the D.C. Council.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. judge recognizes homeless defendant as Harvard Law classmate. [Housing Complex]
  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will look a lot different this year. [Arts Desk]
  • WMATA takes further safety steps in the aftermath of the deadly smoke incident earlier this year. [WAMU]
  • Shoe shine man Fuzz W.S. Fuzzy mourned. [Hill Now]

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Withering Heights: The city’s commitment to mixed-income housing runs aground in Lincoln Heights.

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

  • Big differences in per-student funding. [Post]
  • Inklings of a Brandon Todd opposition in Ward 4. [LL]
  • Who scored a low-number license plate? [LL]
  • Museum Square tenants win a victory in court. [Housing Complex]
  • More evidence for the pedestrian safety plan. [WAMU]
  • Traffic signals set for retiming. [Post]
  • Trouble for Lincoln Heights. [Housing Complex]
  • What happens after drivers get used to speed cameras. [Route Fifty]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Georgetown’s West Heating Plant is officially not a historic landmark. [UrbanTurf]
  • The vote is a victory for the heating plant’s owners. [WBJ]
  • The Fillmore School arts incubator comes courtesy of a well-heeled couple already active in Georgetown. [UrbanTurf]
  • Downtown traffic signals will get re-timed. [Post]
  • The new Park Chelsea building in Navy Yard has 523,000 bricks. [WBJ]
  • Two exhibits take on D.C.’s development boom. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Truxton Circle rowhouse in need of serious rehab—-$475,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How to make your own pinhole camera for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day [Arts Desk]
  • Combination restaurant–music venues are all the rage these days. [Young & Hungry]
  • An interview with Jeff Place of Smithsonian Folkways on the label’s new Lead Belly release [BYT]
  • Listen to “Watched You,” a folk track from new D.C. band Color In Numbers. [D.C. Music Download]
  • D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board has granted landmark status to most of the Corcoran’s interior. [Post]

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

  • A guide to outdoor drinking [BYT]
  • D.C.’s nine best breakfast joints [Thrillist]
  • Daikaya‘s owners go on a research trip to Japan for their second ramen shop. [Eater]
  • Tim Carman explores guilty pleasures. [Post]
  • Divino Grill is coming to Dupont Circle. [PoPville]
  • Pizza Studio opens in Dupont Circle. [DCist]