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Between 2007 and 2012, D.C.’s black population shrunk by 3.3 percent while its white population increased by 17.2 percent. But during this same period, the city’s Hispanic population grew by 28 percent and the number of people identifying as an “other” race or ethnicity increased by 27.3 percent.


  • Construction of the M Street bike lane has been delayed for a third time, this time because of environmental concerns. There’s no start date for construction. (WAMU)
  • The city is launching an investigation to see whether Ben’s Chili Bowl broke historic preservation rules in its construction plans for its new restaurant in a building on the corner of 10th and H streets NE. [WJLA]
  • A D.C. bus driver was charged with a DUI and fired after police say they found his bus abandoned in Capitol Hill with three children and an aide in it. [Post]
  • The San Francisco Chronicle has decided to stop printing the name of the Washington football team’s offensive name. [NBC Sports]


Looking Down: Housing Complex etherizes the arguments against the Height Act.

Uniq-no?: Plans for Japanese retail store UNIQLO to come to D.C. are far from certain.

Almost There: Andy Shallal is getting ever so close to announcing a mayoral run. The Busboys & Poets owner says he plans to pick up nominating petitions from the Board of Elections once they’re available on Nov. 8.

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

  • Cabbies join the Teamsters. [WAMU]
  • Vince Gray is scheduled to meet D.C. GOP tomorrow, Republican head promises “treats, not tricks.” [Post]
  • Environmental review pushes back M Street bike lane. [WAMU]
  • Bike Association files a FOIA to find out more. [WABA]
  • United Medical Center needs pricier patients. [WBJ]
  • WCP‘s Aaron Wiener dropkicks Height Act traditionalists. [Housing Complex]
  • Vince Gray‘s re-election decision as extended Halloween metaphor [NBC 4]
  • Jury nullification ad in Metro spooks prosecutors. [Post]
  • Gray wants to rename a Dupont Circle block for an LGBT-friendly steakhouse. [Blade]
  • Courtland Milloy takes a dismal view of Howard homecoming. [Post]
  • Cathy Lanier doesn’t subscribe to the Doug Gansler method of teen management. [WTOP]
  • Money problems close North Capitol Street transgender center. [NBC 4]
  • Hispanic population up in D.C. area. [WTOP, Housing Complex]
  • Adrian Fenty has a cold. [Dan Zak]

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

  • The latest addition to D.C.’s streetscape: a statue honoring fire dogs. [Post]
  • Jazz shortage: First Bohemian Caverns closes, now Blues Alley. [Arts Desk]
  • The Silver Line’s set to open in February. [WTOP]
  • Douglas Development buys H Street property for conversion to apartments and retail. [Bisnow]
  • Streetcar on K Street likely to have its own lane. [GGW]
  • Timing on M, I, G Street bike lanes still up in the air. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Detached house near Fort Totten

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

  • Love’s liquor license suspended for a whole lot of unpaid taxes. [Post]
  • Courtland Milloy: Howard University’s YardFest is a shame. [Post]
  • Chris Brown‘s uncle doubts that his nephew would have hit that guy in front of the W Hotel. [WJLA]
  • Nevertheless, Brown checks into rehab after his D.C. arrest. [Post]
  • Blues Alley temporarily closes for repairs, cancelling some shows. [Arts Desk]
  • Scandal star Kerry Washington is pregnant with her first child. [Us Weekly]
  • In a piece about deaf rappers, Spin profiles local deaf MC Prinz-D and fellow D.C.-area artists. [Spin]
  • Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal moves forward in his possible mayoral run. [Loose Lips]
  • George Clinton stops by D.C.’s Art and Drama Therapy Institute. [Post]
  • New D.C. memorial honors arson investigation dogs. [Post]
  • Killing Kennedy debuts at the Newseum. [My Fox DC]
  • Let book critic Michael Dirda teach you all about ghost stories at Politics & Prose. [Post]
  • Video-game nerds take over D.C. sites. [DCist]

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

  • Outdoorsy bars in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • Halloween dining and drinking around Washington [Washingtonian]
  • What’s the difference between soju and sochu? [Eater]
  • Ivy and Coney gets an $85,000 government grant for a deck with retractable glass roof. [PoPville]
  • Ten spooky cocktails for Halloween [Zagat]
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl H Street NE restaurant scrutinized by the city over permits. [WJLA]