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Technicians found more damage in a Dupont Circle escalator that was just installed in 2012—in a lengthy, expensive project—and has now been broken for more than three months.


  • Dacha Beer Garden reopens this week—with real toilets! [Young & Hungry]
  • A database screwup could have caused prosecutors to withhold information from defendants in criminal cases. [Loose Lips]
  • The National Archives will hold an after-hours party for the first time. [Post]
  • D.C. budget autonomy is still controversial. [NBC4]


Pot Inspires Beer: DC Brau and a Colorado brewery collaborated on an IPA with “aromas of cannabis.”

Mission Pictures: The Environmental Film Festival is underway.

A Plan for the Homeless: D.C. sets ambitious goals to slash homelessness over the next five years.

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

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

  • A critique of the liberal approach to affordable housing in D.C. and elsewhere. [The Week]
  • Muriel Bowser and leaders of two Maryland counties agree to end homelessness—-somehow. [Post]
  • A Q&A with the guy behind those new shipping-container apartments. [Post]
  • Art project scrapped at EPA building; Federal Triangle still boring. [WBJ]
  • Drivers who kill cyclists often go unpunished. [GGW]
  • The first condos at The Wharf will be done in 2017. [UrbanTurf]
  • Meanwhile, here’s a look at condos planned farther east on the waterfront. [JDLand]
  • D.C. has a right to know more about the streetcar’s status. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Big house in need of updating, and two lots, in Dupont Park—-$999,000

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

  • A preview of D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival, the biggest in the country [Arts Desk]
  • Jane Lynch will debut her new cabaret act at the Birchmere. [Post]
  • Photos of Perfect PussySkating Polly, and Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists at the Black Cat [D.C. Music Download]
  • The winning artworks of Germany’s annual young photographers’ contest are on view at the Goethe-Institut. [Arts Desk]
  • With money and legal aid, Cher is helping an elderly Alexandria couple stay together and keep their home. [Post]
  • Photos of U.S. Royalty at U Street Music Hall [BYT]

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

  • Q&A with Black Restaurant Group fishmonger M.J. Gimbar [Eater]
  • D.C.’s top 25 restaurants [Zagat]
  • Where to eat and drink on a patio [Washingtonian]
  • How chef Peter Chang stopped running and started empire-building [Post]
  • Mason InnMission taqueria owners to take over former Tabaq Bistro space. [Express]
  • McKeever’s Pub celebrates its 40th—and last—St. Patrick’s Day. [NoVa Mag]
  • Restaurant with questionable Spanish name opening on Glebe Road. [ARLnow]