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Our double coverage package this week features Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry and his complicated legacy in the District. Check out City Paper photographer Darrow Montgomery‘s incredible archive of Barry photos and read essays on the city’s most recognizable political figure from past writers,  our current editor, one of the mayor’s foes from the 1980s, and more.

Also, on the cover is our annual “Give it Up, D.C.” guide, produced by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington—-a list of 54 local nonprofit organizations that are worth your time and money.


  • Two D.C. Council committees approved legislation that would pave the way for the D.C. United stadium deal. The legislation would allow the city to keep the Reeves Center. [Washington Post]
  • A juvenile was shot Tuesday evening in the 5000 block of Call Place SE. [News4]
  • A look at Marion Barry’s complicated, and not-so-inspiring legacy as a D.C. councilmember. [Loose Lips]
  • Montgomery County wants to ban e-cigarettes in the same places that regular cigarettes are banned. [WAMU]


Ward 8 Turkey Giveaway: What’s a Ward 8 turkey giveaway without Marion Barry? “It ain’t fun.”

No Shame: Dozens of D.C.-area restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals to go this year.  

Gear Prudence: Should I bring my bike home for the holidays?

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

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

  • Marion Barry, remembered by his erstwhile foes in the government and press. [LL, LL, LL]
  • D.C. gets inspired by New York’s High Line. [Post]
  • Council committee passes stadium bill, without Reeves (or many details). [WBJ]
  • Gallery Place may not have been built without Barry. [WBJ]
  • As federal jobs vanish, D.C. area tries to wean itself off government. [Post]
  • Today on the market: 3BR condo in modern Shaw rowhouse—-$719,000

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

  • Little Dancer set designer Beowulf Boritt replicated the dance studio windows Edgar Degas loved to paint. [Post]
  • Listen to new D.C. electro producer Cautious Clay‘s house remix (including a flute solo!) of the Game and 50 Cent‘s “How We Do.” [BYT]
  • The Black Cat is opening an arcade game room. [D.C. Music Download]
  • A profile of art sociologist Sarah Thornton, the “Jane Goodall of the art world” [Post]
  • Chuck Thies, Vince Gray‘s former campaign manager, on whether Obama should ask for the destruction of the Ben’s Chili Bowl mural that places him in company with Bill Cosby [Washingtonian]

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