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The D.C. metro area’s increasing wealth is attracting attention from upscale brands like Aston Martin, Tesla, and Gucci.


  • Metro pays over $170 million in claims over five years, including Red Line crash settlements. [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry slams Phil Mendelson for allegedly sounding like an opponent of the Civil Rights Act, keeps pushing for ex-offender bill. [Examiner, Times]
  • D.C. commuting by public transit up. [DCist]


Photos of The Day: Potomac River.

Pop-Upiatto: Top Chef star Mike Isabella is turning his Graffiato restaurant into a pop-up twice a week.

Forget It, MPD, It’s Chinatown: A gay dancer performed in front of an anti-gay Black Israelite group in Chinatown last week…only to be quickly arrested for a hole in his pants.

Bold Braxton: Avant-garde jazz performer Anthony Braxton‘s Kennedy Center performance Saturday turned off so many audience members, 48 of them walked out. Could that, weirdly enough, be a good thing for the venue?

Hawaii Tubbo: Marion Barry witnessed a suspect elude a “rather plump” cop Monday morning, and now he thinks some officers need to get fit.

Ontario Returns: Adams Morgan’s Ontario Theatre may get razed, but some of its architectural features would live on in a new building.

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

  • Marion Barry writes nasty letter to Phil Mendelson. [Post]
  • Barry on those “dirty Asian” shops: “I could have said it a little bit better, but these places are dirty and nasty and people shouldn’t eating at them.” [Times]
  • Mendo doesn’t appear to know what a money order is. [Post]
  • Confusion at Barry/Patrick Ewing toy giveaway. [WJLA]
  • Tommy Wells wants a vote on campaign finance reform. [Examiner]
  • Jeanne Harris won’t be sentenced for a while. [Examiner]
  • Jack Evans: hero of the Sunday library hours. [Post]
  • Jonetta would like to see David Catania as the new education committee chairman. [Examiner]

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

  • Sketchy record-keeping on Skyland could cost D.C. $28 million. [WBJ]
  • GSA will auction off Georgetown’s West Heating Plant next month. [Post]
  • Task force says neighborhood preference for charter schools would hurt EOTR kids. [GGW]
  • Opponents of Walmart’s D.C. arrival: It’s worse in Mexico. [NY Times]
  • Fewer Americans are moving. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Census data back up what we already knew: Washingtonians are moving from roads to rails. [Examiner]
  • A 22-year construction delay angers Chevy Chase neighbors. [Post]
  • A map of all the current and coming CaBi locations. [DDOT]
  • A Takoma rabbi is turning his office into a pot dispensary. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Need six fireplaces? You’re in luck.

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

  • Northern Virginia resident James Allison spent nearly two years living in his truck. He eventually found work and a home, and published a book of poetry, Dark Waters. [Post]
  • For Christmas, Kennedy Center prez Michael Kaiser wants a solution to orchestras’ financial problems [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • That viral photo of Mr. Rogers? Washington Post staffer Maura Judkis says her dad took it. [Post]

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

  • Hot spots for hot drinks [Eater]
  • Ethiopic owners are opening a bakery next door [Post]
  • Former New Heights chef Ron Tanaka partnering in new Shaw restaurant Thally [Washingtonian]
  • Where to drink New Year’s Eve [DC Beer]
  • Prostitution in an Arlington McDonald’s parking lot [ARLnow]
  • Where to find cheap delicious papusas [New Columbia Heights]

The Hamilton‘s pastry chef demonstrates how to make holiday candy [BYT]