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Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 05/25/2012

DeLongWeekend Links: Whither the urban playground?

A city cannot live by Beach Bars alone. (Fritz Hahn - The Washington Post)
Our city has changed. It’s a “magnet for ambitious 20-somethings.” It offers “good jobs and better-than-average public transit,” not to mention cupcake shops. It’s “an urban playground.” So notes my colleague Jonathan O’Connell, who asks an accompanying question in a Sunday Outlook piece: Can the city change along with its ambitious 20-somethings? “What D.C. hasn’t yet figured out, or even really planned for, is what happens when this raft of newcomers grows out of one-bedroom condo living,” he writes. “What happens when their lives evolve past the urban-playground stage and they are less interested in speakeasies than in parks for their kids?”

In other news:

Marion Barry exacts incomplete revenge on erstwhile supporter (Loose Lips)

He misspoke. He should have said Polish. (D.C. Wire)

“Perhaps it’s time we started to look at him as a sweet old fellow who just says whatever comes to mind.” (Washingtonian)

D.C. is still suing Don Peebles over Anacostia building’s rent (WBJ)

Mark Segraves’s final interview with Chuck Brown (DC50)

”Ruthless economics” are the key to finding good food downtown (Post)

Vincent Gray’s pick for homeland security director is a former Marine and FEMA official (D.C. Wire)

“Reports of ‘creepy’ man at D.C. parks cause small panic” (On Parenting)

D.C.’s bravest citizens take big risks to help others (Post)

MoveOn thinks we have a “State Senator” and “State Representatives.” What are those? (@IMGoph, DCist)

“How D.C. Became the Frontline of the Abortion Wars.” Oh, right, Congress. (Atlantic)

The needed realignment of D.C. politics: NIMBY vs. YIMBY? (Housing Complex)

Cop accused of shooting into car will remain jailed until October trial (Blade)

Public pools are open! (WUSA-TV)

Are you an elected official in search of a radio show? (DC Porcupine)

Lettuce-clad PETA ladies entertain sickened firefighters (DCist)

A whole bunch of reasons why a citywide design review is a bad idea (GGW)

Moral of the story: Read the damn signs (WJLA-TV)

Vincent Gray indicted (Homicide Watch)

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