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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 04/05/2012

DeMorning Links: Death and rebirth

The Howard’s refurbished interior. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
The newly renovated Howard Theater opens on Monday, and it looks fabulous. Nearby, along Georgia and Florida avenues NW, other neighborhood institutions are having a harder time reinventing themselves to serve a changing neighborhood. The great Paul Schwartzman takes a look at the Hall Brothers Funeral Home, which is doing half the business it did at its height. “It’s diminished; it’s not dying,” says funeral director Richard Ables. “It will come back. Everyone still knows us.”

In other news:

Bob McCartney: “So much for throwing the bums out.” (Post)

Foiled at the polls, “progressives” ponder a path forward (Post)

Top city 911 official pressed on “surreal” 2010 call for help at Clay Terrace (Homicide Watch, Post editorial)

Proteus Spann, campaign-donatin’ mystery man (Loose Lips)

Recall effort that wasn’t going anywhere didn’t go anywhere (WaTimes)

Something is going on with Howard University athletics (City Desk, Post)

Chinatown Walgreens is going to be pretty posh (UrbanTurf)

Hardware entrepreneurs find success in redeveloping neighborhoods (Housing Complex)

Park Service ponders sprucing up McPherson Square, post-Occupy (Examiner)

Streetcar tracks are hazardous to bicyclists’ health (TBD)

Metro has accessibility problems (Examiner)

Politicos couldn’t lead celeb softball team over Wounded Warriors (Examiner)

D.C. wins grant to create more cycletracks (WashCycle)

Security firm accuses union of dirty dealing in contract appeal (WBJ)

So much for closing the Ford’s Theater block to traffic (Housing Complex)

Zipcar prices are going up (Examiner)

Red-top meters: “What went wrong?” (Dr. Gridlock)

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