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Our latest issue is on stands today, and our cover story dives deep into the Lamont Street Collective—one of the last politically oriented group homes in Mount Pleasant—and whether the unique house can survive in D.C.’s booming rental market.


  • The District announced the city’s healthcare marketplace would be delayed just days before its intended October 1 launch. Although D.C. Health Link will launch its website Monday, shoppers will not be able to access their premium prices until mid-November because of a “high-error rate” that came about when calculating the tax credits that low- and middle-income people will use to buy their insurance on this marketplace. [Washington Post]
  • D.C. housing has become so expensive that the city’s rapid rehousing program is struggling to find affordable housing for its homeless participants, forcing them to place these families in hotels, which in turn, is unsustainable and even more expensive. [Housing Complex]
  • Mayor Vince Gray is expected to name Jeffrey S. Dewitt, the finance director of Phoenix, as the District’s next CFO Thursday. [Post]
  • Fancy French restaurant Le Diplomate on 14th Street NW is requesting a temporary seasonal enclosure through the Community Development Committee of its ANC. [Short Articles about Long Meetings]


The Shopping Channel: Why are so many D.C.–area restaurants building their own markets or taking their products to grocery stores? Young & Hungry investigates. 

Dog Ate My Homework: D.C. cab drivers rallied Wednesday to be granted another extension to get their credit card readers installed, but it doesn’t look like the cab commission is budging on the Oct. 1 deadline this time around. 

Bare Essentials: Mayor Vince Gray officially declared all D.C. workers “essential” employees, saying he intends to keep the D.C. government open if the federal government shuts down.

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray set to announce CFO Natwar Gandhi‘s replacement today. [NBC 4]
  • The Post says Phoenix CFO Jeffrey DeWitt will be named D.C.’s next chief financial officer. [Post]
  • Gray has a plan to avoid a shutdown of the D.C. government. [LL, TimesPost]
  • D.C. can’t find apartments for homeless families. [Housing Complex]
  • Fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe won’t be charged for allegedly grabbing an employee’s phone. [Post]
  • Post ed board says David Catania is grandstanding over test scores. [Post]
  • Health exchange flubs its rollout. [Post]
  • Credit card machineless cabbies protest in front of the Wilson Building. [WAMU]
  • D.C. doesn’t have enough primary care doctors. [Post]
  • District traffic deaths have doubled in a year. [Post]

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

  • An eviction battle at a storied Mount Pleasant collective is coming to a head. [WCP]
  • D.C. Council has concerns about D.C. United stadium deal. [Post]
  • Don’t be alarmed if you see half-naked pythonlike women in Farragut Square today. [DCist]
  • 11th Street Diamond Cab building to become residential/retail. [UrbanTurf]
  • Five other acts of defiance to make D.C. a better city. [Post]
  • Camelot strip club gets a makeover. [WBJ]
  • Manna campaign helps Ward 7/8 residents buy homes before it’s too late. [DCist]
  • D.C. air quality meeting, starring AAA. [WashCycle]
  • Today on the market: Georgetown condo

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

  • The Auschwitz-Birkenau barracks at the U.S. Holocaust Museum must return to Poland—but the museum has already secured a replacement. [Post]
  • AFI Silver Theatre announces the lineup for this year’s Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival. [AFI Silver]
  • Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys, New Wet Kojak, etc.) guests on Radio CPR’s Dissonance. [Dissonance]
  • Ugly Purple Sweater: the exit interview [D.C. Music Download]
  • Photos of Detroit‘s unconventional seating setup at Woolly Mammoth [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Library of Congress evacuated after water alarm goes off. [AP]
  • Important questions for important men [DCist]

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

  • Chef Billy McCormick to take over the kitchen at Diego. [Eater]
  • Wit & Wisdom/Pabu pastry chef Chris Ford heads to Beverly Hills. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Bold Bite Dogs and Fries opens in Union Station. [PoPville]
  • Pretty pictures of Petworth Citizens [BYT]
  • Free bomboloni at Urbana during brunch throughout October. [DCist]
  • Preview of Shirlington’s Copperwood Tavern [NoVa Mag]
  • Before and after photos of local chefs who shed weight [HuffPost]