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A proposed project would build an elevated park over the Anacostia River. The planners’ pitch? It would be a destination like New York City’s High Line.


  • How a deal to remove the trees blocking the view of Pigskins owner Dan Snyder‘s Potomac home ruined one park ranger’s career. [Washington Monthly]
  • Washington Post economics writer Neil Irwin, who also serves as Wonkblog’s economics editor, is headed  to the New York Times. [Politico]
  • Construction of the new Amsterdam Falafel on 14th Street NW has started. [Popville]
  • A veteran D.C. police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to secretly taping an adult female family member. [WJLA]


The Loosies:The best, worst, and weirdest in D.C. politics in 2013.

The Jazzies: D.C.’s best jazz in 2013.

The Hungries: The best and worst of D.C. restaurants in 2013.

The Plexies: The best and worst in D.C. real estate and development in 2013.

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

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

  • The growing debate over taxing biking [AP]
  • How not to create a more walkable city [NYT]
  • How not to create a more transit-friendly country [Post]
  • Film footage of Union Station in 1939. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Ubertarians aren’t really boosting car culture. [Atlantic Cities]
  • The debt cap looms. [WBJ]
  • Broad Branch Road plans pit environmentalists against bikers. [Post]
  • It’s been a bad year for the office market, but much less bad than 2012. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Penn Branch colonial—$395,000

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

  • That time John Kerry fist-bumped Snoop Dogg [Post]
  • American Hustle‘s connections to D.C. [Post]
  • A closer look at the in-progress African American Museum [WBJ]
  • What to look forward to in D.C. theater next year [Post]
  • Apparently out of ideas, Big Theater cribs from the movies instead. [Post]
  • Oh hey, it’s a new song from Ploy. [All Things Go]
  • Philip Sherburne loves dance music producer Seven Davis Jr., the first artist released by localish label Must Have Records. [Spin]
  • The Jazzies, Washington City Paper’s annual local jazz awards, have arrived. [Arts Desk]
  • D.C. Music Download names its favorite local albums of the year. [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • A guide to Champagne for every budget [Drink DC]
  • Food writers name the top new D.C. restaurants of 2013. [Eater]
  • The year in doughnut news [Post]
  • Marvelous Market closes next to Kramerbooks in Dupont. [PoPville]
  • Must-try: sandwiches at Little Red Fox [Zagat]
  • Catch 15 oyster bar opens downtown today. [WBJ]
  • When the Supreme Court decided tomatoes were vegetables [NPR]