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The rumors were true: The owner of Busboys and Poets will announce next week that he’s officially opening a new branch of the restaurant and bookstore chain in Anacostia—-the restaurant’s first outpost east of the river.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser says she wants to tweak the school boundary changes, but is staying vague on what those changes would entail. [WAMU]
- On Thursday, the Smithsonian revealed a 20-year, $2 billion renovation plan. [Arts Desk]
- The Metro fare gates of the future have arrived. [News4]
- Take a look at how each D.C. charter school fared under a new ranking system. [Washington Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Art Burn: During the course of the city’s recent biennial 5×5 Project—-a government-funded, citywide public art exhibit—-the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities yanked two pieces that created a public outcry. Our latest cover story explores what led to the decisions to remove these already-commissioned art pieces and just how much public input there should be in public art.
Smelly Liquid: A man walked into Zeke’s Coffee last month and sprayed a foul smelling liquid everywhere.
Brew in Town: A look at Brookland Pint’s very own beer.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Muriel Bowser kicks off her transition. [LL, Post]
- Bowser stays vague on the school boundaries plan. [WAMU]
- What’s up with Bowser’s transition slogan? [LL]
- Public Service Commission approves a $1 billion power line undergrounding project. [Post, Times]
- Council committee approves a soccer stadium tax break the CFO says it doesn’t even need. [Housing Complex]
- District tries to ditch 36 vacant properties. [Housing Complex]
- City regains federal infant morality grant. [Post]
- New Silver Line segment could cost more than scheduled. [WAMU]
- A little more than a dozen District residents want gun permits. [WAMU]
- Former jail guard admits to smuggling. [Post]
- Jonetta Rose Barras: “enough is enough” on “prostrating before sports conglomerates.” [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Behold the Metro fare gates of the future (but don’t use your Apple device yet). [@AdamTuss]
- Muriel Bowser plans to tweak the school-assignment system in January. [WAMU]
- Smithsonian unveils 20-year, $2 billion Mall overhaul plan. [Arts Desk]
- In addition to Shaw, Wizards eye Ballston and Crystal City for practice facility. [Post]
- Big JBG project next to Nationals Park gets favorable reaction from Zoning Commission. [JDLand]
- Where black bar owners are thriving in D.C., and where they aren’t [CityLab]
- Sign of the times: Lego bike lanes. [Streetsblog]
- Today on the market: 2BR Mount Pleasant condo—-$445,000
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- A new pop-up venue for artists of color, Quota, opened last night. [Arts Desk]
- Watch Sloane Amelia and Sugg Savage of Akoko—-the rap duo behind dope lyrics like “my ovaries done told me I’m the motherfuckin’ man”—-freestyle for the camera. [DCist]
- The Smithsonian revealed a $2 billion, 20-year plan to overhaul the south side of the Mall, and it looks really, really cool… [Arts Desk]
- …but will it work with the surrounding architecture? [Post]
- Watch local blues-rock outfit Wanted Man‘s new video for “Pardon Me If I Stare.” [BYT]
- The members of these new D.C. bands have played in lots of other local bands. [D.C. Music Download]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Busboys and Poets will open Anacostia location. [Housing Complex]
- Chef Jeremiah Langhorne pops up at DGS Delicatessen, Mockingbird Hill. [Post]
- Taste test of forthcoming Laotian restaurant Thip Khao [BYT]
- Five places to find whole-animal feasts [Zagat]
- 1905 will close briefly for a refresh. [Eater]
- Man allegedly sprays foul-smelling liquid all over Zeke’s Coffee. [City Desk]