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This week’s cover story: As Ward 8 picks Marion Barry‘s successor, the late mayor-for-life still dominates the ward’s politics. Meanwhile, Barry’s son, who’s running to succeed him, opens up about his own struggles and his father’s.


  • In the Ward 4 race, Brandon Todd is coasting (with an assist from some surreptitious Googling). [Loose Lips]
  • Sound check, please: Robert Wiedmaier is the latest restaurateur to take on live music. [Young & Hungry]
  • D.C.’s commitment to mixed-income development has run aground at Lincoln Heights. [Housing Complex]
  • The Washington Monument stinks. [Post]


Gear Prudence: I bought my girlfriend an expensive bike she won’t ride!

Cinema Vérité: Homeless filmmakers tell their own stories in this documentary series.

Fermentation: Capital Kombucha is ready for a big expansion.

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

  • This week’s cover: Ward 8 chooses Marion Barry‘s replacement. [WCP]
  • In Ward 4, Brandon Todd coasts, with help from some surreptitious Googling. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser and Karl Racine agree to a ceasefire for now. [Post]
  • Ward 8 hopefuls bail on anti-Bowser press conference. [LL]
  • Jason Chaffetz: Stop smoking pot on the Mall! [Post]
  • The streetlight contract saga is finally over. [WBJ]
  • Traffic cameras haven’t calmed Maryland Avenue NE. [WAMU]
  • Direction of gay vote unclear in special elections. [Blade]
  • More on Jim Graham‘s foray into the strip club business. [Post]
  • New LGBTQ affairs office for Bowser. [Blade]
  • Traffic camera revenue drops big time. [WBJ]

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

  • Streetcar will run less frequently than initially planned, and won’t be free for long. [Post]
  • Renderings of the Spy Museum at L’Enfant Plaza. [Architect]
  • Petworth’s Sweet Mango Cafe is likely to be redeveloped. [Park View D.C.]
  • The Ivy City boom continues. [Post]
  • More on the planned Buchanan School redevelopment. [UrbanTurf]
  • Traffic-camera revenue continues to drop. [DCist]
  • This homeless man works in the U.S. Senate. [Post]
  • Georgetown’s Fillmore School set to become an arts incubator. [DCist]
  • The Petworth housing boom continues. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Brightwood Park semi-detached with a wrap-around porch—-$575,000

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

  • Homeless filmmakers tell their own stories in this new documentary produced by Street Sense. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of the most endangered historic buildings in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • A dark new song from Drop Electric: “Rival Churches,” about being a lesbian in Catholic school [Bandwidth]
  • Checking in on Rock-afire Explosion, the animatronic house band of Showbiz Pizza [DCist]
  • What should the Nats’ home run song be? [BYT]

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

  • Restaurant manager responds to having one of the worst Yelp ratings in D.C. [Express]
  • Rural Society owner Jose Garces is bringing Village Whiskey to D.C. [Zagat]
  • ​Neighbors protest new Michael Schlow restaurant, Carlyle hotel renovation. [WBJ]
  • G by Mike Isabella goes a la carte for dinner. [Washingtonian]
  • Compass Coffee expands with a new roastery and coffee shop in Ivy City. [Post]
  • Jay’s Saloon in Clarendon to close in May. [ARLnow]
  • Look for food from MakettoJosé Andrés, and others at Sweetlife 2015. [Eater]