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D.C. officials and local soccer supporters packed the Wilson Building yesterday to attend the first public hearing over the D.C. United stadium deal. None of the council members said they were opposed to the idea of the new stadium, though none took a firm position affirming the complicated proposal. In order to build the new stadium at Buzzard Point, the city plans to swap several pieces of land, most notably the Reeves Center at 14th and U streets NW. It appears that if this deal goes through, the Reeves Center will be knocked down and turned into high-end rental units with 35,000 to 50,000 square feet of retail beneath them.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Fort Reno decided to cancel its annual concert series this year after the National Park Service demanded that organizers hire a U.S. Park Police officer for each concert, significantly increasing the series’ costs. [Arts Desk]
- The District has struck a deal to lease the former Gospel Rescue Missions building in Chinatown to house homeless women, ending the building owner’s plans to convert the building into high-end residencies. [WBJ]
- Mayoral candidate and formal council candidate Carol Schwartz talks about her mayoral bid and why she switched from a Republican to an independent. [WAMU]
- The three-year-old boy who was found dead in an Anacostia apartment Tuesday was beaten and police have ruled his death a homicide. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Green Construction: Our latest cover story is a look at how rich foreign investors are helping finance D.C.’s building boom—-in exchange for legal status in the U.S.
Booze Block: The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board issued a cease and desist letter to the new booze delivery service Ultra for illegally selling alcoholic beverages in the District without a license.
D.C. United: Thousands of fan packed into Dupont circle to watch yesterday’s World Cup game during a party hosted by the German Embassy.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Councilmembers fret over Reeves Center swap in first D.C. United stadium hearing. [Housing Complex,WAMU, WBJ]
- Former campaign treasurer faces a potential 16 months in prison after allegedly stealing from Michael Brown‘s campaign. [LL]
- Activists pushing pot legalization initiative say their signature collection is going well. [LL]
- Carol Schwartz talks to WAMU. [WAMU]
- A question from the mayor’s rep: if Gray is such a lame duck, why won’t staffers trash him on the record? [Washingtonian]
- Councilmembers push back on revised boundaries proposal. [Post]
- Post ed board says the fire department’s closed hearings over Medric Mills‘ death are “insulting.” [Post]
- Alcohol board pursues booze delivery service. [Y&H, Post, WBJ]
- Cab driver’s alleged murderer plans insanity plea. [Post]
- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton talks about the “Freedom Summer” with “archnemesis” Stephen Colbert. [Post]
- 3-year-old’s death was a homicide. [Post]
- U.S. Attorney Ron Machen tries to get through to the kids today. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- Sprawl in D.C. and elsewhere, visualized. [R.U. Seriousing Me?]
- City deal will keep Chinatown building as homeless shelter, not high-end residences. [WBJ]
- D.C.’s baby boom. [UrbanTurf]
- Metro prevents a lot of carbon emissions. [PlanItMetro]
- But public transit has fallen short on its social contract. [CityLab]
- An argument against the streetcar, stemming from the author’s bike accident. [Market Urbanism]
- The first (but not last) D.C. Hyatt Place opens in NoMa. [Post]
- Today on the market: 1BR condo at City Vista—$474,900
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Amanda MacKaye canceled Fort Reno’s summer concert series because of a new National Park Service demand… [Arts Desk
- …and here’s what the NPS has to say about it. [Arts Desk]
- An interview with three local zine-makers on the D.C. scene (it’s inclusive, but tiny, they say) [Elevation DC]
- Author Sean Michaels searched far and wide for a theremin player for tonight’s book talk at Kramerbooks. [Bandwidth]
- CapitalBop’s hosting a jazz block party this evening. [DCist]
- How Albert Paley made his intricate steel sculptures on view at the Corcoran… [BYT]
- …which is trying to keep its art within city limits as it dissolves. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- A guide to new and upcoming bakeries [Eater]
- Sticky Fingers bakery coming to H Street NE [Post]
- USA-Germany World Cup match leads to pizza shortage. [Washingtonian]
- Jose Garces‘ restaurant Rural Society opens July 3. [Zagat]
- Bistro 360 opening restaurant, market, and market coming to Rosslyn. [WBJ]
- What your date spot says about you [Thrillist]