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H Street NE is over. The hot new gold rush for area developers is on Rhode Island Avenue NE, the Post reports.


  • DCPS school boundary fight coming up. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray refusing to meet with prosecutors looking into the shadow campaign. [NBC 4]
  • Additional four teens charged in Woodley Park stabbing death. [Examiner]
  • Ex-Wizard Andray Blatche jokes about the team’s losing record. [Twitter]


Photos of the Day: Ted Leo at St. Stephen’s Church.

Party Foul: Has Councilmember Jim Graham been a responsible steward of the Council’s alcohol-board oversight? Graham’s colleague Yvette Alexander doesn’t think so, and she wants to wrest the position away from him.

Speakeasy: Adams Morgan’s Jack Rose Dining Saloon is opening its basement for a special Repeal Day party.

Get Off My District: A prominent D.C. newsletter author isn’t happy about new parking rules, and he blames “hipsters” for them.

Metro by the Numbers: What’s the most popular late-night Metro route? The most popular intra-District trip? New Metro data reveals all.

Eurotrip: Singer Justin Moyer is on tour with his band E.D. Sedgwick in Europe, and so far, he’s contending with a canceling bandmate and dreams of Abraham Lincoln and William Seward.

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

  • Vince Gray used to say he’s cooperating with federal probe; he doesn’t say that anymore. [NBC4]
  • Ward 6: where the votes are. [Post]
  • Jonetta is not a fan of Anita Bonds. [Examiner]
  • Vincent Orange wants to tax contractors to pay for more D.C.-based movies. [Times]
  • District workers messed up on 32,000 tickets. [Examiner]
  • DCPS and charter schools should be friends, not enemies. [WAMU]
  • Charging disabled for parking could raise $1.5 million. [Examiner]

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

  • D.C. retains the lowest office vacancy rate in the country. [WBJ]
  • You know it’s Christmastime when…a gingerbread town comes to D.C. [AP]
  • Republicans are fighting an unwinnable fight against population density. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Ivy City battles a tour bus parking lot. [WJLA]
  • DDOT’s holding its last public meeting on the Benning Road streetcar extension study today. [DC Streetcar]
  • The next big thing in senior care: backyard granny pods? [Post]
  • A preview of the coming battle over the zoning update. [GGW]
  • A big residential building could come to Washington Harbour. [WBJ]
  • Free parking ain’t all it’s cracked up to be—though it’s unclear what these European studies mean for the U.S. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Anacostia two-bedroom condo for $90k

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

  • After Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe Museum closed earlier this year, vandals have started defacing and stealing property from the historic site. [Baltimore Sun via Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Brightest Young Things is very, very sad to see Red Palace close. [BYT]
  • New track from Will Eastman and Ozker samples Timbaland/Aaliyah [Soundcloud]
  • A video interview with David Adjaye, the architect of the forthcoming National Museum of African-American History [Curbed]
  • Politics & Prose’ top 10 books of 2012 [Politics & Prose]
  • More than 250 pounds of precious gingerbread resources will be squandered on Gingertown University [WTOP]

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

  • Where D.C. bartenders drink [Eater]
  • A peek inside Hanoi House [Urban Daddy]
  • Local butcher Julien Shapiro is a finalist in the World Pate Croute Championship. [Post]
  • The violent history of nutmeg [NPR]
  • Sweet Mango reopens in Petworth. [PoP]
  • Five festive dining options [Zagat]
  • A foraged feast, holiday cocktail class, and other food events this week [Washingtonian]