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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 11/09/2011

DeLunchtime Links: Bye, bye, FBI?


Bleak as they come. (Rich Clement - BLOOMBERG)
Could the “black hole” on Pennsylvania Avenue disappear in a decade or so? The Post’s Ed O’Keefe, as well as HuffPo and Housing Complex, note a new Government Accountability Office report on the uninviting concrete megalith that is the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover Building. The report finds that the building makes for a lousy headquarters and that it would take an inordinate amount of money to fix up, leaving two options: a new building on the same site, or a new building elsewhere. Both would mean an improvement for America’s Main Street — that is, unless the Brutalist sympathizers get ideas.

In other news:

Target officially pulls out of Dakota Crossing; another big box may replace it (Capital Business)

Occupy-ers chalk up Gen. McPherson, then de-chalk Gen. McPherson (@timcraigpost, @timcraigpost)

Prepare to get your D.C. unemployment checks via debit card (Informer)

Temporary urbanism threatened by permanent bureaucracy (GGW)

“[N]early 40 percent of D.C. residents receive Medicaid, food stamps, or TANF — or some combination of the three” (DCFPI)

Good questions about putting the Redskins at Rez 13 (Examiner)

Death of 17-year-old in Georgetown shooting rekindles DYRS critiques (Post, Examiner)

Harry Jaffe: Marion Barry “hardly the only politician afflicted with the sense that he’s necessary, if not immortal.” (Washingtonian)

Top Norton aide eyed for Gray’s deputy chief of staff (Loose Lips)

Muriel Bowser shouldn’t handle ethics reform because lobbyist David Wilmot threw a fundraiser for her, says opponent (WaTimes)

What the Supreme Court heard in GPS tracking case (Examiner, TPM, Forbes, HuffPo, City Desk)

Some non-monetary ideas to get good teachers in bad schools (GGW)

Gray to break ground on new Raymond Rec Center (AP)

Post office near 14th and U to close due to development (PoP)

Occupy D.C. says cop used choke grip on protester (HuffPo)

Also: Ben and Jerry stopped by McPherson Square (Reliable Source)

It’s taken more than eight years to fix up a tiny park (Housing Complex)

More on the controversy over the D.C. War Memorial (L.A. Times)

Metro advisory council member quits, calls it ineffective (Examiner)

Burned firefighter Charles Ryan returns to the job (@IAFF36, WRC-TV)

The internal dialogue between DDOT and Zipcar (TBD)

Where Google’s algorithms place D.C.’s neighborhoods (DCist)

Can medical marijuana businesses get bank accounts? (DCist)

Are “expense accounts, work schedules, and zoning codes” killing “home cooking” here? (HuffPo)

Today: Brookland’s mixed-use megaplex breaks ground (Curbed)

Victor MacFarlane — remember him? — mounts a comeback (WSJ)

Don Peebles takes Manhattan? (NY Observer)

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