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Plans for a memorial park for go-go musician Chuck Brown are in trouble after neighborhood opposition.


  • Troubled Corcoran cuts a deal with the National Gallery of Art. [Arts Desk]
  • National Mall pillow fight tomorrow. [WJLA]
  • Don’t put the FBI near Union Station. [Housing Complex]
  • Mayor Vince Gray: Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser‘s platform is “the most preposterous thing I have ever heard.” [Examiner]
  • Teens photograph security measures in D.C. public schools. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Page Three.

Intestinal Distress: Meet Washington’s newest drunk food, the U Street Taco: a half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl, wrapped in a Jumbo Slice.

Bold Mayor: Mayor Vince Gray looks like he’s running for re-election, taunting potential rival Muriel Bowser to “bring it on.”

Fill Up: After a new operator and switch to the Valero brand, the Watergate “Exxon” has lost its iconic high prices.

Boo, Rap: 94.7 Fresh FM promises popular songs without any rap, and it delivers. The station even plays rap-less versions of pop songs that normally would have rap verses.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Pat Mara and Elissa Silverman call each other names. [Post]
  • Post endorses Mara, again. [Post]
  • Vince Gray’s re-election campaign has already started, though not officially. [Examiner]
  • School closure lawsuit moves to federal court. [Post]
  • Neighbors not so keen on plans for new Chuck Brown park. [Post]
  • D.C. Council helping Blues Alley. [WBJ]
  • Gray’s budget shows he’s running again. [Examiner]

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

  • To the horror of some neighbors, 5333 Connecticut gets its permits. [WBJ]
  • Streetcar’s all well and good, but don’t forget buses. [GGW]
  • Rents fall around H Street and in Upper NW. [UrbanTurf]
  • You can thank investors for your stable rent. [UrbanTurf]
  • Pepco takes a break from cutting off parts of trees to hand out free ones. [New Columbia Heights]
  • Another ANC votes against the U Street liquor license moratorium. [Borderstan]
  • A few new views of the Uline Arena Coliseum. [UrbanTurf]
  • The Heritage Foundation’s rowhouse plan, with 105 parking spaces, is not without problems. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Under $80k in Fairlawn

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

  • Melody Records’ old store in Dupont Circle is now a Lou Lou boutique. [PoPville]
  • Paul McCartney to play Nationals Stadium in July. [Washingtonian]
  • MGMT to headline University of Maryland’s Art Attack XXX—because students are reportedly sick of hip-hop acts. [Diamondback]
  • Bier Baron: also a music venue. [Borderstan]

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

  • Where to drink before noon [Eater]
  • Acqua Al 2 co-owner Ari Gejdenson sheds light on Suna‘s shutter. [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • Northern Virginia farmers market guide [NoVa Mag]
  • The Passenger‘s Derek Brown launches cocktails on tap company. [Washingtonian]
  • The best patios for eating and drinking [Girl Meets Food]
  • The $20 Diner goes Cuban. [Post]
  • Nature’s Table coming to Dupont. [PoPville]