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A new Washington Post poll found that 55 percent of residents think redevelopment and gentrification in District neighborhoods is mainly a good thing. But when broken down by race, the poll found that  77 percent of white residents think gentrification of the neighborhoods is a good thing, compared to only 39 percent of black residents.


  • Where to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in D.C. [News4]
  • Bao Bao made her public debut at the National Zoo and slept through most of it. [City Desk]
  • Two Capital City Public Charter Schoolteachers were robbed and the school burglarized within six days these month, though officials doubt the incidents are related. [Post]
  • The Post removed a D.C.-bashing op-ed from its website Saturday evening after it couldn’t confirm the author’s identity. [Poynter]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY: The Bus Stops Here: ICYMI, photographer Darrow Montgomery traversed the city and, over a year’s time, captured stunning images from some of the D.C.’s 11,490 bus stops.

Bowser Time: Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser beat incumbent Vince Gray in the Ward 8 straw poll over the weekend.

““I’m Going to Fight”: Local mixologist JP Caceres talks to Young & Hungry about his possible deportation and the viral campaign that raised enough money to at least delay him being sent back to his birth country of Bolivia.

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

  • Muriel Bowser beats Vince Gray in Ward 8 straw poll. [LL, WAMUPost]
  • Who will break out of the pack to challenge Gray? [Post]
  • Harry Thomas Jr. aide charged in inaugural ball scheme. [LLPost]
  • Colby King: attacking the press won’t solve Gray’s problems. [Post]
  • Mayoral! Power! Rankings! [LL]
  • Opinion of D.C. development divided by race. [Post]
  • Yvette Alexander throws a Gray fundraiser. [LL]
  • Navy Yard residents fight railroad plan. [Post]
  • Community reacts to autonomy proposal for Dunbar. [Post]
  • Shooting in IHOP earns woman 6 1/2 years in prison. [Blade]

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

  • The streetcar will run its full H Street route this week—without passengers, naturally. [DCist]
  • Will driverless cars mean the demise of public transit? [Atlantic Cities]
  • Columbia Heights condo building will open in April. [UrbanTurf]
  • After missteps, LivingSocial looks for leadership with management experience. [Post]
  • A cool, if alarming, map of D.C.’s gas leaks. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Falling air conditioner crushes truck at Rhode Island Avenue development site. [WJLA]
  • Navy Yard residents beg Vince Gray not to allow CSX expansion. [City Desk]
  • D.C.’s luxury buildings come with big canine perks. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C.’s CrossFit boom [Post]
  • Today on the market: Diminutive detached Georgetown house—$975,000

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

  • Budget deal omits Eisenhower memorial funding but restores Smithsonian’s. [AP] [Post]
  • After a deep burn, Judy Chicago returns to D.C. [Post]
  • The Natural History Museum’s Dinosaur Hall to close for five years. [Post]
  • Adrian Loving scores Michelle Obama‘s 50th birthday party. [Post]
  • Jay Z parties at Echostage after his Verizon Center show. [Post]

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

  • A guide to drinking outside in the winter [BYT]
  • New Orleans Po Boy Shop closed for good? [PoPville]
  • 14 new restaurants to try [Washingtonian]
  • Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company makes D.C. and Virginia debut. [DC Beer]
  • Try these warm winter cocktails [The Plate]
  • An early look at Joe’s Seafood, Steak, and Stone Crab. [Post]
  • Where to brunch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day [Zagat]