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A task force of Georgetown business owners and residents proposed a list of 75 changes—-including a Metro station—-that could make Georgetown more accessible.


  • A coalition of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and ACLU, passed a resolution calling on the Pigskins to change its name. [Post]
  • Mac McGarry, the longtime host of local quiz show It’s Academic, died at 87 in his Potomac home. [City Desk]
  • The D.C. cop charged with running a prostitution ring is due in court today. [WJLA]
  • The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would offer more support to rape victims. [WAMU]


Stencil Pusher: ICYMI: Our latest cover story investigates the friendly graffiti messages stenciled on the city’s bike lanes—-and discovers the mysterious artist behind them.

Stairs to Nowhere: The worst Metro escalators of 2013.

Question for the Ages:  Is donburi the new ramen?

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

  • Uh-oh: Congressman who tried to strip D.C.’s gun laws wants to take over the House committee on D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Jim Graham explains his strategy for fighting pop-up buildings. [Housing Complex]
  • Cab commission cracks down on cabbies using Square credit card readers. [Post]
  • Cabs could get color schemes earlier with vouchers. [Post]
  • Cop accused of pimping heads to court today. [WAMU]
  • Get Georgetown a gondola. [Post]
  • Council bill would help rape victims. [WAMU]
  • Researcher says D.C. area needs to look beyond the feds for economic growth. [Post]
  • Award will honor murdered transportation coordinator Ron Kirby. [Post]

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

  • It’s coming…. [@DDOTDC]
  • Lots of possibilities for the Metro loop. [GGW]
  • Two potential designs for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • Seventy-five ideas for improving Georgetown. [Post]
  • A 34-unit townhouse project is coming to Brookland. [Elevation DC]
  • Three-building Douglas project planned for 14th Street NW. [UrbanTurf]
  • Map your home’s solar power potential. [DCist]
  • Urban policy scholar urges D.C. to diversify its economy. [Post]
  • Dupont bed and breakfast to be auctioned off. [UrbanTurf]
  • Thoughts on the unsettling discomfort caused by homeless people. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.’s most urban corner is 14th and P. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Takoma cottage—$460,000

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

  • House of Cards and Veep nominated for Golden Globes; Homeland gets zilch. [Washingtonian]
  • The Butler got snubbed, too. [Post]
  • The Caps make a “Jingle Bells” video. [Huffington Post]
  • In this interview with DCist, Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna talks about The Punk Singer, D.C., Santigold, Janelle Monae, etc. [DCist]
  • ArtYards DC wraps up this weekend. [JDLand]
  • “The Dying Gaul,” out of Italy for the first time in 200 years, is now on display at the National Gallery of Art. [WTOP]
  • Here is what Phil Kennicott has to say about it. [Post]

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

  • Sriracha maker to halt shipping for 30 days. [LA Times]
  • Eighteen things to know about Michel Richard‘s “lousy” French restaurant in New York before spending $700 [Bloomberg]
  • A look at Hogo one year after its opening [Eater]
  • Where to dine on Christmas Eve: seven “Feasts of Seven Fishes”  [Washingtonian]
  • Tallula and EatBar score a new chef. [Zagat]
  • Try the Thai street food at homey Sisters in Fairfax [Post]
  • L’il Pub closing Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill [PoPville]
  • Recap of City Paper’s Bacon and Bourbon Festival [BYT]