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D.C. almost lost its Fort Reno concert series this summer. Our latest cover story looks at why it was canceled, why it was uncanceled, and what the fight was really about.


  • How the great Supercan saga of 2014 left the Gray administration looking like “idiots.” [Loose Lips]
  • The number of HIV and AIDS cases in D.C. continue to decline, according to a new report from the D.C. Department of Health. [City Desk]
  • D.C. Mayor Vince Gray is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland after the area’s congressman, Rep. Andy Harris, introduced an amendment to block D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization bill. [AP]
  • Councilmember Mary Cheh wants animal rescue workers to be able to use sirens for animal emergencies. [Post]


Old Timer: Meet Stelios Alexandris, a waiter at 1789 for the past 34 years and D.C.’s recent food industry employee of the year.

Tunnel Trouble: Navy Yard residents once again packed a community meeting to speak out against current plans involving the reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue tunnel.

And Another One: Creme Restaurant & Bar reopened on 14th Street NW this week.

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

  • Politically connected contractor Fort Myer Construction landed a rare equipment deal from the District Department of Transportation. [LL]
  • As botched Supercan replacement program worsened, Vince Gray administration officials fumed. [LL]
  • Republican lawyer Kris Hammond will take on Phil Mendelson for D.C. Council chairman. [LLPost]
  • Gray says District residents should consider boycotting Ocean City over Maryland Rep. Andy Harris‘ meddling in District marijuana laws. [Post]
  • New number of new HIV cases are down in the District. [City DeskPost, WAMUBlade]
  • Former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry dies at 63. [TimesPostPost]
  • The Fort Reno concert series saved for this year, thanks to some help from Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss. [WCP]
  • Residences outpace office space in Capitol Riverfront. [Housing Complex]
  • Wilson High principal Pete Cahall reflects on coming out during Pride Week. [Blade]

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

  • Rents continue to rise faster than incomes. [WSJ]
  • The pop-up debate should be about inequality, not aesthetics. [CityLab]
  • Hill East gets an attractive pop-up called The Laundry. [Curbed]
  • The Supercan debacle left administration officials worried they looked like “idiots.” [LL]
  • The full roster of Capitol Riverfront office projects that became residences. [JDLand]
  • The 15th Street cycletrack will extend up the hill next year. [GGW]
  • A playground is coming to D.C. General after all. [DCist]
  • Former presidential press secretary can’t turn a profit on Kalorama house. [WBJ]
  • D.C.’s ex-transportation chief urges planning for biking and self-driving cars. [CityLab]
  • To minimize the press’s visual impact, the White House could get green canopies. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: 2BR condo across from the Columbia Height Giant—-$525,000

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

  • Advocacy coalition Save the Corcoran filed a court motion to stop the Corcoran’s dissolution. [Arts Desk]
  • At the Folklife Festival, “arabbers” sell fruit with vocal panache. [Post]
  • DC to BC released its Trillectro lineup. [Arts Desk]
  • Fotoweek winners offer tips for amateur photographers. [BYT]
  • The dancers of Pilobolus are more than just beautiful bodies (but their bods ain’t bad). [Post]
  • In town this weekend? Go to some shows. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Five local artists who get down with the red white and blue [East City Art]
  • Here’s where to see comedy in July. [BYT]
  • Faith Hayden and Kendra Keller bring a cabaret on the D.C. dating scene to Capital Fringe. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • A guide to D.C. ice cream [BYT]
  • Five All-American beers to drink over Fourth of July [Washingtonian]
  • The best hot dogs in D.C. [DCist]
  • Behind the scenes of David Guas‘ new TV show American Grilled. [Post]
  • Bangkok Golden chef plans Laotian restaurant for D.C. [Eater]
  • Nine refreshing summer soups [Zagat]
  • Lawsons closes in Metro Center. [PoPville]