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In Defense of D.C.: Hitler, yes Adolf Hitler, once wrote that he thought Washington was “lifeless.” As WCP‘s editor notes, now you can finally snap back at your annoying friends who call D.C. lifeless with, “You know who else thought D.C. was a lifeless city?” +3

Tick-Tock: There is still not a final date for passenger service for the H Street NE streetcar. -4

Drowning: There was a  water main break on 15th street NW today, closing the cycle track at R St NW. On Tuesday, another water main leak shut down Metro in areas during the morning commute. Officials says we are entering water main break season. -2

Rosslyn Doom: Artisphere, the Arlington County–run arts space in Rosslyn, will likely close in July because it’s losing too much money. -5

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 56 Today’s score: -8  Today’s Needle rating: 48