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Metro’s architect is facing pushback over his station redesign plans, which include adding more lights and moving the system away from its ubiquitous “Metro Brown” color scheme. One critic describes the plan as “taking a Victorian storefront and slapping aluminum siding on it.”


  • Metro compromises on new station designs after criticism. [Post]
  • FBI inquiry can’t hurt Virginia governor’s popularity. [Post]
  • Department of Transportation expects to finish M Street bike lane in August. [Examiner]
  • Stabbing at Fur Nightclub early this morning. [NBC4]
  • SEC probe into D.C. municipal bond sales costing city $35,000 so far. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: Virginia Gold Cup Races.

On the Blocks: Washington’s restaurant association is finally entering the debate over new food truck regulations:.

Big Apple, Humbled: Even New Yorkers have to admit Capital Bikeshare is great.

Blockbuster: Yes, you should see Iron Man 3. Probably.

Talented Elephant: The National Zoo’s new Asian elephant loves to paint.

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

  • A vague plug for government-financed “social housing.” [Post]
  • Metro’s good Samaritans rescue 73-year-old woman from Dupont tracks. [WJLA]
  • Let’s get our transit modes straight. [GGW]
  • Florida and 4th NE project could get a major overhaul. [WBJ]
  • It ain’t easy redesigning Metro stations. [Post]
  • Same goes from Metro maps. [Atlantic Cities]
  • As Class A construction booms, Class B apartments feel the effects. [Post]
  • Let there be light emanating from the Washington Monument next month. [DCist]
  • Learning the lessons of L Street for the M Street bike lane. [GGW]
  • The trouble with densification. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Historic Hill home

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

  • The flea-market Renoir may not have come from a flea market after all. Friends of the Fuqua family say they saw the painting in Marcia Fouquet‘s home decades ago. [Post]
  • Sequestration budget cuts cancel the Washington Post‘s free concert series at Carter Barron. [Post]
  • Keegan Theatre’s Mark Rhea has signed a contract to purchase the Church Street Theater for nearly $2 million. [Post]
  • Anacostia Playhouse is on track to open in June. [Anacostia Playhouse]
  • 14th Street NW’s new Black Whiskey bar offers more of the same exposed brick and fancy meat, but the downstairs concert room is booked by indie promoter Sasha Lord. [Post]
  • Near the Roosevelt Bridge on Sunday, suburbanites flocked to witness the very boring-looking filming of the Captain America sequel. [WJLA]

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

  • The best burritos around Washington [Zagat]
  • Nando’s Peri Peri taking Armand’s Pizza location in Tenleytown. [PoPville]
  • Off-beat Mother’s Day ideas [Washingtonian]
  • More about Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab coming to D.C. [Eater]
  • Krazy Koshery food truck becomes 70’s Frankfurter. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Longtime bartender returns to D.C. [Post]
  • The top 10 taquerias [The Plate]