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In our latest cover story, meet David Jameson an architect who want to make D.C. architecture an export. But first, he has to convince the world that D.C. buildings don’t have to be ugly.


  • Today is officially a snow day. The D.C. government, federal government, and schools are all closed. [City Desk]
  • If you see someone in need of shelter today, be sure to call the Hypothermia Hotline at 800-535-7252. [City Desk]
  • Most arts-related activities are postponed today because of the weather, but you should still read our 2014 Springs Art Guide to be prepared for all the area’s arts happenings this season.[Washington City Paper]
  • The owner of the new Heaven & H deli is using his shop, even its name, to pay tribute to a woman who previously owned a deli in that space and was murdered there in 2012. [Young & Hungry]
  • It seems that Northern Virginia now has a snowy owl of its own. [Post]


Cupid Chokehold: The snowstorm could mean your Valentine’s Day flowers wont be delivered to your Valentine on time, but local florists are still determined to get them to their recipients at some point.

Snow Drinks: Surprise, surprise, there’s already a ton of restaurants and bars offering snow-related food and drink specials. Here’s a round-up.

Pressure On: D.C. will be closely watching how Mayor Vince Gray responds to this snowstorm, and if he does a lackluster job, it could come to bite him in his re-election bid.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)Snow day! [City DeskTimesPost,

  • Marion Barry and Vince Gray talk politics during Barry’s hospital stay. [LLPost]
  • Barry: “I need to be well and get out of here.” [NBC 4]
  • Mayoral hopefuls earn tough questions at Ward 3 Dems debate. [Post]
  • Stein Democrats endorse unopposed Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Ward 3’s Mary Cheh. [Blade]
  •  H Street streetcar will probably have to be rerouted for bridge replacement. [WAMU]
  • Speed cameras mean big accident decreases. [WAMU]
  • Another potential candidate eyes David Catania‘s at-large seat. [LL]
  • D.C. schools need to make up for snow days. [NBC 4]
  • Metro cuts MetroAccess ahead of storm. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX is on vacation through next week. (tips awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • After a far too long delay, President Obama has nominated somebody for the National Endowment for the Arts’ top post. His pick: Kansas City’s Jane Chu. [Post]
  • Not every congressman is glued to House of Cards. [Post]
  • Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden, best pals. [Huffington Post]
  • Ever heard of The Playgirls? [Post]
  • The post reviews Hailu Mergia‘s Millennium Stage show. [Post]
  • D.C.’s Christylez Bacon provides music for Woolly Mammoth’s We Are Proud to Present… [Express]
  • Check out this rehearsal video for Signature Theatre’s Beaches. [Post]

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

  • Anti-Valentine’s Day parties and specials [Washingtonian]
  • Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant opening in Takoma with bakery coming nearby [Eater]
  • Pollo Campero undergoing renovation in Columbia Heights [PoPville]
  • Eat like Barack Obama, but better [Thrillist]
  • The best places to get a late night bite in D.C. [DCist]
  • Taylor Gourmet coming to Ballston in May [ARLnow]