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How the D.C. area became one of the country’s most welcoming regions to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.


  • Howard University Hospital doctors are pushing to begin labor negotiations. [WBJ]
  • Hundreds of homes and businesses are without power in D.C. [Post]
  • The White House was struck by another fence-jumper. [ABC7]
  • D.C. Fire and EMS is bringing back an entrance exam for new recruits. [WAMU]


Cinema Roll: Filmfest DC continues today. Read our guide.

Go-Going the Distance: How go-go is finding its place in the digital age.

It Pours: A NoMa underpass will become a never-ending rainstorm.

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

  • Handicap parking scofflaws can’t be stopped. [Post]
  • Post ed board: Keep police body camera footage open to the public. [Post]
  • Fire department launches new recruiting push. [WAMU]
  • Mayors loom large in the Ward 8 race. [Post]
  • NoMa underpass gets a “wet” redesign. [Housing Complex]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s jail contract foiled; Post editorialists unhappy. [PostPost]
  • New law will open up urban farming. [WAMU]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras looks at the Ward 8 race. [EOTR]
  • Where to put all these Marines? [WBJ]
  • The charts behind the District’s growth. [Housing Complex]
  • Senator wants to subpoena the D.C. health exchange. [Times]

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

  • Parsing D.C.’s latest affordable-housing law. [District Hopper]
  • Diversity in gentrifying neighborhoods: a social benefit or just window dressing? [CityLab]
  • Harriet Tregoning tackles national homelessness. [National Journal]
  • One-way streets are terrible. [Post]
  • America spends much more subsidizing homeowners than supporting affordable housing. [CityLab]
  • Crystal City stands to benefit from the 1776-Disruption merger. [WBJ]
  • A profile of Lucy, DC Water’s newest tunnel-boring (and tweeting) machine. [Express]
  • Today on the market: 8BR Georgetown house—-$9,500,000

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

  • Michelle Blackwell looks back on 15 years as go-go’s “leading lady.” [Arts Desk]
  • An underpass in NoMa will soon house a responsive light installation that approximates a never-ending rainstorm. [Housing Complex]
  • Local artist Chris Suspect makes Italian photographer Alex Coghe‘s list of today’s best street photographers. [Alex Coghe]
  • Listen to a cover of Nirvana‘s “On A Plain” from Virginia noise-punk act Pygmy Lush. [NPR]
  • A bunch of D.C. musicians recorded Civil War-era songs in Clara Barton‘s Missing Soldiers Office. [DCist]
  • Do local labels benefit from Record Store Day? [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • 12 fried chicken nights in D.C. [Zagat]
  • District Taco is opening a second Arlington shop. [WBJ]
  • D.C.’s 25 essential burgers [Eater]
  • Should your dog be vegan? [VICE]
  • How to pour Champagne the right way [Washingtonian]
  • Where to get happy hour drinks before and after the Capitals game [Post]
  • Mia’s Coffeehouse coming to Hill East in May. [Hill Now]