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The crowdfunding platform EquityEats has subleased five floors of a building formerly occupied by LivingSocial so restaurants seeking funding can host pop-ups. The facility, described as “a movie theater but for foodies,” is set to open this spring.


  • D.C. is spending millions of dollars sheltering the homeless at motels. [Housing Complex]
  • The family of the woman who died in Metro’s recent smoke incident is expected to sue for $10 million. [Post]
  • Under a D.C. Council bill introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson, distracted driving would have more severe penalties. [WTOP]
  • A rookie D.C. firefighter was arrested on gun charges. [NBC4]


Surge Pricing: A San Francisco-based app that launched this week in D.C. lets users book restaurant reservations when none are available, for a price.

Struck, Mapped: We’re mapping incidents of pedestrians and cyclists struck in D.C. this year. So far, there have been more than two dozen incidents.

Establishment CandidateBrandon Todd, who has Muriel Bowser‘s backing to replace her on the D.C. Council, now has Councilmember Yvette Alexander‘s endorsement, too.

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

  • Late Kenyan McDuffie and Muriel Bowser staffer Tim Clark mourned. [Post]
  • District brings in a sixth motel to house homeless families. [Housing Complex]
  • Yvette Alexander backs Bowser’s pick in Ward 4. [LL]
  • Where the District’s cyclist and pedestrian incidents happen. [City Desk]
  • Grist runs down the Pepco-Exelon merger. [Grist]
  • If you lived here, you’d be home now, but still could not fly a drone. [WAMU]
  • Bowser celebrates LGBT groups at newly reopened gay club. [Blade]
  • Welcome to the pop-up war. [WAMU]
  • Bowser appoints former State Board of Education candidate David Do to Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. [Blade]
  • Rookie firefighter arrested on gun charge. [NBC4]
  • Dave StatterPost ed board can blame itself for DCFEMS Metro response.[Statter911]
  • Post‘s Robert McCartney ditches his column to cover regional issues. [Post]

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

  • An interactive map of where cyclists and pedestrians have been struck this year. [City Desk]
  • Fannie Mae will move to rebuilt Washington Post building. [WBJ]
  • The housing bust’s impact on wealthy black families, as seen in Prince George’s County. [Post]
  • Tracking incomes by Metro line and stop. [You Are Here]
  • Why the Exelon-Pepco merger is bad news for D.C. ratepayers and renewable energy. [Grist]
  • WMATA is installing five real-time bus arrival signs per day. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Semi-detached house in Fort Davis—-$245,000

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

  • The Helen Hayes Awards nominations are in, and they’re dominated by Signature Theatre and Synetic Theatre. [Post]
  • Photos of Baby Bry Bry & the Apologists, BRNDA, What Moon Things, and the Sea Life at U Street Music Hall [DCist]
  • A recap of the DC Record Fair at Penn Social [BYT]
  • Dr. Blues, the well-known and much-loved founder and owner of the New Vegas Lounge, died last week. [Facebook]
  • Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Phylicia Rashad, and other BET Honors guests after-partied at Joe’s Stone Crab. [Post]
  • Under the direction of Kristina Bilonick, Takoma’s DC Arts Studios will expand its gallery. [East City Art]

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

  • 25 classic bars and restaurants every Washingtonian must try [Eater]
  • Fire damages future home of Bar Civita in Woodley Park. [PoPville]
  • The most romantic restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Alexandria’s industrial enclave welcomes gourmet goods. [WBJ]
  • Try barrel-aged margaritas at Clarendon’s Fuego Cocina y Tequileria. [Post]
  • Early look at Founding Farmers in Tysons Corner. [BYT]