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That’s it, the shutdown’s over. Everyone can go back to work now and read the latest issue of Washington City Paper—-on stands today—-which is conveniently filled with harrowing tales from the shutdown.


  • And D.C. is guaranteed not to get into this mess again, for at least the next fiscal year. A provision within the deal that ended the shutdown allows the District to spend its own funds until the next fiscal year. [Loose Lips]
  • The reaction to this shutdown was pretty much the same as the one 17 years ago; D.C. leaders were outraged that their city has no budget autonomy and gets extra screwed by Congressional dysfunction. Should Mayor Vince Gray have fought louder and harder? [City Desk]
  • Here’s what was shutdown closed the past two weeks, and now open today. [News 4]
  • …and we’re back to eight-car trains on the Metro. [Washington Post]


Basket Case: With restaurants trying to stand out amid all this new competition, many D.C. restaurants are opting to bring back the complimentary bread basket.

Clothed for Business: With federal workers furloughed for a couple weeks, area thrift stores reported a spike in people trying to sell their clothes.

Winners and Losers: Everyone and everything pretty much came out a loser during this shutdown, except maybe At-Large Councilmember David Grosso and Mayor Vince Gray, whose images fared pretty well.

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

  • Back to work, feds. The shutdown is over. [Post]
  • As the shutdown ends, Vince Gray meets with suburban county executives. [PostWashingtonian]
  • The District gets a yearlong break from shutdown drama. [Post, LL]
  • Shutdown means uptick in domestic violence victims at shelters. [WAMU]
  • Norton backs up Park Service boss. [WAMU]
  • Furloughed workers head to Georgetown. [Post]
  • Rushern Baker says he’d change the Pigskins’ name if he could. [Post]
  • Councilmembers propose new set of bills. [Post]
  • The panda cam will return soon. [WTOP]

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

  • D.C. gets a yearlong shutdown reprieve. [LL]
  • Graduate School USA scraps plans for Southwest Waterfront campus. [Post]
  • For Metro station lighting, it’s about quality over quantity. [GGW]
  • D.C.’s the eighth-best city for trick-or-treating—but mainly west of Rock Creek Park. [Zillow]
  • The benefits of removing parking minimums. [Streetsblog]
  • Canal Park rink opening delayed due to ruptured pipe. [DCist]
  • Neighbors outraged over digital clock. [WJLA]
  • The shutdown: bad for the economy, good for love. [City Desk]
  • Today on the market: Spring Valley stone house for a mere $2.4 million

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

  • Shutdown ends, Smithsonian reopens. [WJLA]
  • Molotov Theatre sells its own energy drinks, hot sauce, and salsa. [WBJ]
  • What a former D.C. police officer thinks about graffiti tagger Cool “Disco” Dan [Post]
  • Art collecting for n00bs [Washingtonian]
  • During the shutdown, local vintage and consignment shops cleaned up. [City Paper]
  • What was the shutdown’s impact on arts in the District? [Arts Desk]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)
  • Restaurateur Geoff Tracy fights landlord in court to keep downtown Chef Geoff’s. [WBJ]
  • Capitol Hill is the Bethesda of D.C., says Tom Sietsema. [Post]
  • Are the owners of Ripple opening a restaurant in the former Reef space? [PoPville, Eater]
  • Taste test of Oyamel‘s Day of the Dead menu [BYT]
  • Baja Fresh and Zpizza close in Rosslyn. [ARLnow]
  • Simple syrup adds more than sweetness to your cocktail. [NYT]
  • Virginia’s food truck regulations [NoVa Mag]