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Mayor Muriel Bowser made an appearance yesterday on Meet the Press, where she weighed in on marijuana legalization in D.C., saying it’s immune from the recent attempt by Congress to stop it. She also said she’s not in favor of retroceding the District to Maryland as a way to give D.C. residents full voting rights.


  • Bowser picked a former Salt Lake City official as the new head of the D.C. Office of Planning. [Housing Complex]
  • Snow is likely in D.C. tomorrow! [Capital Weather Gang]
  • The streetcar was in a minor accident during a test run. [WAMU]
  • A new José Andres restaurant opens today. [Post]


Our 2015 Preview: A look ahead at the year in D.C. food, art, music, politics, theater, biking, housing, schools, and more.

No More “Thug Rice”: Graffiato re-did its hip-hop tribute menu after it wasn’t so well-received.

Affordable Housing Spared: The city struck a deal to preserve affordable housing in Shaw.

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

  • Muriel Bowser goes on Meet the Press with Kaya Henderson and Cathy Lanier. [LLPostPost]
  • Bowser is officially the mayor. [LL, AP]
  • Read Bowser’s inaugural remarks. [WBJ]
  • Colby King: Time to quash violence for kids. [Post]
  • What 2015 holds for District politics. [LL]
  • The streetcar gets into a fender bender. [Post]
  • Robert McCartney predicts a drawn out legal battle for Vince Gray. [Post]
  • Gray sets streetcar launch for later this month. [WBJ]
  • Bowser admin picks up a planning boss from Salt Lake City. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray references out in post-inauguration purge. [LL]
  • Post ed board positive on Bowser inaugural. [Post]
  • LL considers the best quotes of 2014. [LL, LL, LL, LL]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras talks 2014’s winners and losers — and the winners who look like losers. [Post]
  • Affordability deal cut in Shaw. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray picks St. E’s developer. [Housing Complex]
  • LL hands out the Loosies awards. [LL]
  • Interim fire chief says he’ll stay in Bowser administration, but perhaps not in charge of department. [Times]
  • What 2015 holds for District bikers. [City Desk]
  • Despite popularity with developers, one pop-up struggles to attract buyers. [Post]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, in street art. [Twitter]

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

  • What 2015 holds in store for the District. [WCP]
  • Housing policy recommendations for the new mayor. [Urban Institute]
  • The heralded Ward 8 urban farm may be dead due to site contamination. [AP]
  • The effort to get safety certification for the streetcar has been a mess. [Post]
  • Douglas Development plans to turn two warehouses near Rhode Island Avenue Metro station into condos. [Post]
  • Family moves into $1 million Bethesda home it doesn’t own, charged with squatting. [AP]
  • The notorious V Street NW pop-up struggles to attract buyers. [Post]
  • At RFK Stadium, neighborhood and city ambitions clash. [Hill Rag]
  • Today on the market: Hill East rowhouse—-$648,950

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

  • Photos of Gogol Bordello at the 9:30 Club [DCist]
  • A spotlight on director Shahram Mokri’s Fish & Cat, a critically acclaimed thriller screening at the Freer Gallery’s Iranian Film Festival. [Post]
  • Neda Ulaby dissects Mary Timony‘s “understated swagger” on Ex Hex‘s debut album. [NPR]
  • Celebrate 2015 with an online browse of the Freer and Sackler galleries’ complete collections. [Washingtonian]
  • The Strathmore’s New Year’s concert, “Salute to Vienna,” by the numbers [Post]

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

  • Local Pinkberry franchise files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. [WBJ]
  • 10 great bars that debuted in 2014 [Post]
  • D.C. food trend predictions for 2015 [Eater]
  • Seven new burgers to try in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Black Iron Pizza comes to 13th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW [PoPville]
  • 15 New Year’s resolutions for better cooks, eaters, and drinkers [NoVa Mag]
  • The D.C. dining board game [Express]