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An outside review of the D.C. streetcar system this week will scrutinize problems with the repeatedly delayed system. The District Department of Transportation is expected to release a more detailed plan for the streetcar by the end of this month.


  • 16th Street NW gets another study to determine how to make bus travel less miserable during rush hour. [Post]
  • The organization that runs the troubled D.C. General shelter overbilled the District by more than $5 million last year. [Housing Complex]
  • MARC increases service between D.C. and Baltimore. [ABC7]
  • Young, mostly white voters are reshaping D.C. politics. [Post]


Up-worthy: D.C.’s forthcoming “pop-up megaplex” surpassed its fundraising goal.

Memorial for Life: Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the members of a commission that will recommend how to honor Marion Barry in D.C.

Us: It’s the end of an era at City Paper, as our Editor Mike Madden prepares to move on.

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

  • The streetcar outlook gets even grimmer. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Ward 4 candidate criticizes rival Brandon Todd for using the LLC loophole. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser favorites land cushy ballot spots. [LL]
  • How white voters are changing the District’s politics [Post]
  • Bowser announces Marion Barry memorial committee. [LL]
  • Another study lined up for 16th St. NW [Post]
  • Disability parking program is a mess. [Times]
  • Audit nails D.C. General overpayments [Housing Complex]
  • New taxi boss wants to expand taxi coverage [WAMU]
  • Post ed board wants a homelessness plan. [Post]

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

  • DDOT chief won’t rule out nixing the entire streetcar system. [AP]
  • Coming to Fort Totten: 40 townhouses [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C.’s sidewalk law: the movie [CityLab]
  • A peek at the plans for a big residential (and possibly hotel) development by Nationals Park [JDLand]
  • Georgetown gondola study could start this year. [UrbanTurf]
  • Three cities try to strengthen rent control. [Next City]
  • Forget self-driving cars. What we need is self-driving buses. [Pacific Standard]
  • WAMU discovers Woodridge. [WAMU]
  • Today on the market: Cathedral Heights 1BR—-$305,000

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

  • Listen to “Your Silence Will Not Protect You,” the first track from Drop Electric‘s forthcoming third album. [Purevolume]
  • A progress report on the National Museum of African American History and Culture [Post]
  • Jukebox the Ghost‘s Ben Thornewill on the band’s D.C. roots and the dearth of “piano gods” [BYT]
  • At Arena Stage, a new play about Antonin Scalia demanded heavy research. [Post]
  • How Pointless Theatre adapted The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from a dark silent film to an avant-garde play [DCist]

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

  • Founding Farmers is bringing in $300,000 a week in Tysons Corner. [Eater]
  • Nine new restaurants to try [Washingtonian]
  • Ten soups for the cold weather that aren’t pho or chicken noodle [Post]
  • Six must-try Thai spots in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Ten munchies you need now that marijuana is legal in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • A look at cocktails at the Hamilton [BYT]