We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here.

The gap between high and low earners in the District is at its highest in 35 years, a new study from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute says. Hourly wages for low-income workers have been flat since 2007, while they’ve climbed steadily for the top 20 percent of earners.


  • The Metropolitan Police Department granted eight concealed carry permits, effectively ending the longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public in D.C. [WAMU]
  • Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is taking over for Don Graham as the head of D.C. CAP, a nonprofit that helps D.C. students get into and graduate from college. [Post]
  • D.C. has an exciting new municipal slogan, “We Are Washington DC.” [Loose Lips]
  • The maker of the drone that crashed on the White House grounds is disabling its devices from flying in D.C. [The Verge]


Unsolicited Advice: Here are some tips for New Yorkers on how to deal with a snowstorm that doesn’t live up to the hype.

“Pop-Up Megaplex”: A vast new facility at the former LivingSocial building at 918 F Street NW will host restaurant pop-ups.

14th Street Export: A spinoff of Mike Isabella‘s 14th Street NW restaurant Kapnos opened in Ballston.

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

  • Muriel Bowser optimistic that John Boehner won’t be focused on Initiative 71 after meeting. [LLPost, WAMU]
  • Bowser finds her own “One City.” [LL]
  • Cold hurts traffic cameras and city revenue. [Times, WAMU]
  • Seventy percent of marijuana possession tickets go unpaid. [Times]
  • Police grant eight concealed carry permits. [Post, WAMU]
  • Firefighter deal could cost big for the District. [WAMU]
  • Report: Wage disparity at 35-year high. [Post]
  • Students frequently absent in Head Start program. [WAMU]

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

  • Early education attendance in D.C. varies widely by demographics. [Urban Institute]
  • That big drop in traffic camera revenue? It’s not just because people were driving better. [Post]
  • Conversion of Planned Parenthood offices to housing gets the go-ahead. [UrbanTurf]
  • Examining rent control in light of the Rent Is Too Damn High guy’s eviction. [Vox]
  • “We Are Washington DC” is the new “One City.” [LL]
  • Young city-dwellers secretly yearn for the suburbs. [Atlantic]
  • Parking-free micro-units on Blagden Alley are a great idea. [GGW]
  • But the project is on hold. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Logan/Dupont 1BR—-$334,000

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

  • How the National Building Museum integrated its newest exhibit into its central atrium [Post]
  • Maryland rapper Black Native tries to reclaim the Confederate flag in a new video. [Bandwidth]
  • In Love and Warcraft playwright Madhuri Shekar on the plight of the female nerd-virgin [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Photos of Motion City Soundtrack at the Fillmore Silver Spring [BYT]
  • The Smithsonian may open an outpost in London’s old Olympic park. [Post]
  • Listen to a track from the new album by Virginia-based metal act Yesterday’s Saints. [DCist]
  • 25 local musicians to watch in 2015 [BYT]

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

  • Bakeries serving alcohol-infused cupcakes may soon need to follow new D.C. laws. [HillNow]
  • A food fan’s guide to Super Bowl Sunday [Washingtonian]
  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian visit Woodland’s Vegan Bistro. [PoPville]
  • Three D.C. institutions that were farm-to-table before it was cool [Eater]
  • Cupcakes vs. cakepops [Post]
  • Where to find the best bar food in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Nine bars and restaurants with fireplaces [Thrillist]