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Etsy, the online market that sells kitschy goods, announced it would immediately ban the sale of any items that contain the Washington football team’s name or logo. That means, unfortunately, that this absurd Pigskins memorabilia can no longer be sold on Etsy.


  • Mayoral candidate David Catania‘s aggressive approach as chairman of the council’s Health Commitee could hint at his style as mayor. Yes, he was known as a micromanager and hothead, but he also accomplished some big initiatives. [Post]
  • The D.C. fire union backs Muriel Bowser for mayor. [Post]
  • Poorly maintained sidewalks in D.C. pose a threat to seniors, according to a report. [WAMU]
  • At the new McLean Metro stop, there are too many car parking spaces and not enough bike spots. Go figure. [WAMU]


HAHA Arlington: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called Arlington a “soulless suburb” in her new book.

Smarter Trip: Metro is rolling out a new program to allow people to pay their rail and bus fares with their smartphones.

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

  • Carol Schwartz launches her campaign in front of the Wilson Building. [LL, DCist]
  • Schwartz kickoff draws an older crowd. [Post]
  • David Catania claims that his campaign’s poll has him tied statistically with Muriel Bowser, but he won’t prove it. [LL]
  • What Catania’s time running the health committee means for his potential mayoralty. [Post]
  • Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson, Post columnist spar over “truant” prodigy. [City DeskPostPost]
  • Mayoral candidates talk arts education at forum. [Blade]
  • Presumptive Ward 6 councilmember Charles Allen backs at-large candidate Elissa Silverman. [Silverman campaign]
  • Senator: Arlington’s a dump! [City Desk]
  • DDOT starts a new testing phase for the streetcar. [Post]
  • Developer takes advantage of the District’s slowing real estate business. [WBJ]
  • At-large candidate Eugene Puryear leads protests over Ferguson, Mo. [Post]
  • Bikes prove popular—-maybe too popular—-at Silver Line station. [WAMU]

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

  • DDOT’s sticking to its forecast of streetcar passenger service by year’s end. [Post]
  • Douglas continues to expand its reach along New York Avenue NE. [WBJ]
  • The new McLean Metro station has too much car parking, not enough bike parking. [WAMU]
  • Capital Bikeshare experiences setbacks, but DDOT promises expansion. [DDOT]
  • D.C.’s the No. 5 biking city in America, slipping one spot in the rankings. [Bicycling]
  • Planners vs. traffic engineers on Southeast Boulevard. [GGW]
  • Small Dupont Circle park should be completed by the new year. [UrbanTurf]
  • Recommendations for making D.C.’s transportation more senior-friendly. [Coalition for Smarter Growth]
  • Children’s National Health System could get a big chunk of the federal half of Walter Reed. [WBJ]
  • New from WalkScore: Crime Grade [UrbanTurf]
  • Why D.C. should be wary of the Olympics [Post]
  • Today on the market: Trinidad rowhouse—$520,000

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

  • No more Pigskins thongs: Etsy has banned the sale of crafts using the Washington football team’s name or logo. [City Desk]
  • Michele Shay, who netted a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Louise in August Wilson‘s Seven Guitars in the ’90s, now directs the play at Signature Theatre. [Post]
  • Photos of the curators, artists, and installations of 5×5 [BYT]
  • A beginner’s guide to three D.C. DIY venues [GW Hatchet]
  • Five D.C. bands made good at Raleigh, N.C.’s Hopscotch Music Festival. [DCist]
  • Photos and a review of Ryan Adams‘ 9:30 Club show [Arts Desk] [Post]
  • A conversation between Mick Coogan of Brett and Mario Andreoni of !!! [BYT]

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

  • The least douchey bars in D.C. [BYT]
  • The best burger in 12 different neighborhoods [Thrillist]
  • Mercadito coming to the Marriott Marquis. [Eater]
  • Dolcezza coming to CityCenterDC. [WBJ]
  • STK adds Sunday brunch. [PoPville]
  • Five D.C. chains with big expansion plans [Zagat]