We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

Success! You're on the list.

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here.

It’s Bike to Work Day today and more than 16,000 people signed up for the event—-a reflection of the growing and changing bike culture in D.C. Unfortunately, the wet weather today will force many people to ditch their bikes; D.C. is currently under a  flood warning with Reagan National Airport measuring 1.91 inches of rain already as of 7:25 a.m. Thankfully, the worst of the rain is over.


  • The Pacers beat the Wizards Thursday night at the Verizon Center, clinching the best of seven playoff series and ending the Wizards’ strong season. [ESPN]
  • D.C.’s strict registration requirements for hand gun owners are constitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday. [City Desk]
  • Independent mayoral candidate David Catania has campaign signs that say “Democrats for David!” to try and convince Democrats to vote for him. But will Democrats buy it? [Post]
  • D.C. landlords are more generous than anytime in recent history, with the concession package landlords are willing to offer their tenants coming in at around $136 per square foot in 2013, according to the Studley Inc’s annual Effective Rent Index. [Washington Business Journal]


Summer Entertainment Guide: It’s hot, it’s muggy, summer is near—-and that means the 2014 Summer Entertainment Guide has arrived. Pick it up or read it online to discover all the music, theater, sports, food, books, museum, and film happenings this summer in the District.

New Eats: Dino’s Grotto—-an incarnation of the now closed Dino in Cleveland Park—-opened in Shaw last night.

Black Broadway: A new mural on U Street NW pays tribute to the street’s history with a mural hailing it as last century’s Black Broadway.

LOOSE LIPS’ Will Sommer is on vacation. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • The city may need to raise its self-imposed debt cap in the not-too-distant future. [WBJ]
  • Where to rent now that the college kids are gone [Curbed]
  • What DDOT is doing to protect cycletracks from traffic [d.ish]
  • Envisioning a taller D.C. [UrbanTurf]
  • Could (and should) an indoor pool come to Logan Circle? [GGW]
  • Ground is broken at the former Ontario Theater site. [WBJ]
  • Shaw bank robbed, but dye pack gets the best of robbers [WJLA]
  • PSA: Atlantic Cities is now CityLab. [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: Dupont penthouse condo—$1,395,000

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

  • Here’s what you’re doing all summer. Thank us when you’re exhausted, sweaty, and cultured. [WCP]
  • The Corcoran finally, finally finalized its split between the National Gallery and George Washington University. [Arts Desk]
  • Ty Hallmark, artistic director of the Pallas Theatre Collective, says the company’s fourth season is its “coming out season.” [DC Theatre Scene]
  • A review of The Admission, a controversial play that closes this weekend after a sold-out run at Theater J and a three-week extension at Studio Theatre [Arts Desk]
  • A guide to the outdoor summer movie series of D.C., for every day of the week [BYT]
  • Philip Kennicott meditates on the hollowness of words like “collaboration” and “partnership” in the Corcoran split. [Post]
  • AFI DOCS will open with a film about Hal Holbrook playing Mark Twain and close with one about the life of Roger Ebert. [Arts Desk]
  • A Q&A with Benjamin Schurr of BLIGHT., a local label and backer of experimental music [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Where to find scarce soft shell crabs [Eater]
  • Red Light’s slushes are made with rocks [Express]
  • GRK Fresh Greek coming to Dupont this summer with more on the way. [PoPville]
  • Cheat sheet to TKO Burger in Rhode Island Row [Zagat]
  • Halftime Sports Bar to open on H Street NE on May 22 [Frozen Tropics]
  • Where to eat for less than $15 [Thrillist]