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Back Alley Theater is one of D.C.’s oldest underground spaces. Is it DIY’s future, too? In our latest cover story, the tale of how a once-dormant venue got a second life—-and how it fits into the current state of D.C.’s DIY spaces.


  • Why a war over pop-ups in Lanier Heights matters for all of D.C. [Housing Complex]
  • The $10 million plan to build a pedestrian deck over the Connecticut Avenue underpass just north of Dupont Circle is still years away. [Post]
  • Today’s the day to bombard Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland with all your local pothole and rat concerns at his Congressional office. [City Desk]
  • Council members held a meeting at the Reeves Center on 14th and U streets NW to hear residents concerns about the soccer stadium land swap deal, which would involve the city trading the Reeves Center for land to build a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point. [WAMU]


Gear Prudence: Meet City Desk’s new bike columnist and ask him anything you want about biking in D.C.

Cellular Gastronomy: D.C. restaurants have a love-hate relationship with your phone.

Roll Call: Could a loud bar get a pass because its ANC was playing hooky?

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

  • Hearing on D.C. United soccer stadium centers on controversial Reeves center swap. [WAMU]
  • Former administrative law judge settles with the District, will pay $20,000. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser worries that the D.C. United stadium is too far from transit. [LLPost]
  • The pop-up rowhouse wars heat up. [Housing Complex]
  • Activists set to ask “Councilmember” Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) to handle their constituent service requests this morning. [WAMU, NBC4]
  • Councilmembers meet up with Donald Trump at Old Post Office hotel ribbon-cutting. [Times, Housing Complex]
  • Trump no-show David Catania doesn’t mind. [Twitter]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: spread the blame around in Park Southern housing scandal. [Post]
  • Catania mulls creating a PAC to deter meddling congressmen. [LL]
  • Don’t expect Dupont Circle-area pedestrian deck anytime soon. [Post]
  • Department of Transportation will study streetcar despite budget cuts. [WBJ]
  • Mayoral hopefuls court gay voters. [Blade]
  • The District’s most accident-prone intersections. [Post]
  • D.C. mail delivery rate stinks. [WAMU]
  • School parking lot could spell doom for community garden. [WAMU]

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

  • Watch D.C.’s bike lanes proliferate, starting on the Hill and extending to Northwest. [GGW]
  • Union Market developers spread their tentacles with new purchase. [WBJ]
  • D.C. is a food co-op desert. [OPinions]
  • Streetcars have arrived on H Street, for good. Still no opening date. [DCist]
  • Developer buys historic black church in Georgetown for residential conversion. [WJLA]
  • Here’s what the city has planned for Buzzard Point. [SWTLQTC]
  • As the national housing market improves, affordable housing isn’t keeping up. [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: 16th Street NW studio—$239,000

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

  • D.C.-based music blog All Things Go is hosting a pop-centered music festival at Union Market this September. [Arts Desk]
  • Author and museum educator Tim Grove, who’ll discuss his new book at Politics and Prose on Saturday, debunks common myths about American history. [Express]
  • Mary Timony of Ex Hex, which plays the Rock & Roll Hotel tonight, on recording the band’s upcoming album, Rips [D.C. Music Download]
  • Is a sharknado a real threat? [Express]
  • An interview on power duos with Honeyblood, which plays DC9 next Wednesday [BYT]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman  (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A floating food truck is coming to the Potomac. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to find the best dumplings in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Michel Richard‘s Las Vegas restaurant files for bankruptcy. [Eater]
  • Lyman’s Tavern will host a pinball tournament this weekend. [Post]
  • Chef Kyoo Eom is in at Poste Moderne Brasserie. [Zagat]
  • Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery opening in Middleburg next month. [NoVa Mag]
  • Could a loud bar get a pass because its ANC was playing hooky? [City Desk]