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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 10/26/2011

DeMorning Links: ‘You can still do business’

CityCenterDC, Exhibit A for investor confidence in Washington (Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post)
Scandal to the left of us, feds to the right, and here we are stuck in the middle with lots and lots of money. On the front page today, Marc Fisher explores the fact that despite a drumbeat of lousy headlines about city government, the business of the District of Columbia goes on. Says real estate investment consultant Joel Coren, “D.C. went through an experience where it was a bit of a joke. ... But it has come leaps and bounds as a market. Every single capital investor wants to be in Washington.” Or as Monument Realty’s Michael Darby puts it, “Even though there’s some wacky stuff going on, you can still do business.” But will it last? “We’re getting to be embarrassing again,” says real-estate titan Terry Golden.

In other news:

Downtown homeless don’t have much problem with the protesters occupying McPherson Square (Post)

Authorities still pursuing a hands-off policy on downtown encampments (AP)

Cabbie’s murder prompts calls for juvenile justice reform from Jim Graham (WTTG-TV, Examiner, WUSA-TV)

Second-graders will take DC-CAS for the first time as “value-added” teacher evaluations expand (D.C. Schools Insider)

High Heel Race photos! (City Paper, HuffPo)

Muriel Bowser tells Jonetta Rose Barras about her ethics reform plans (Examiner)

More on a possible liquor license moratorium for H Street NE (WaTimes)

Former PCSB chair Tom Nida says his alma mater, Anacostia High, is improving thanks to charter operator (WaTimes)

DCPS offers “common application” for selective high schools (GGW)

Tax evasion plea yields no jail time for Raymone Bain, ex-spokeswoman for Marion Barry (Reliable Source)

Tonight’s D.C. Vote gala to honor Urban League’s Maudine Cooper, D.C. Appleseed’s Walter Smith (Post)

UDC hosting discussion Friday of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (news release)

Car barn on site of planned Georgia Avenue Wal-Mart is not, in fact, historic (Housing Complex)

American University campus is, in fact, historic — with exceptions (Tsarchitect)

LIMS now searchable back to Council Period 8! (D.C. Council)

Gifford’s Ice Cream sold to Gifford’s Ice Cream (Young & Hungry)

Claude Kinney, 48, pleads guilty to stabbing his estranged wife to death in front of their children behind a Trinidad rec center (Crime Scene)

What you need to know about the District’s boundary stones (GGW)

Medical marijuana dispensary application deadline extended (DCist)

Union Station mall owner is lobbying Congress (Legal Times)

This is the last week of street sweeping for 2011 (DCist)

What do D.C. and Detroit have in common? Rising home prices. (Atlantic)

Today is Nordic Food Day! (DCPS)

Trees are people, too (DCist)

Old-school Unrest video also a blurry document of Meridian Hill Park circa 1988 (Teenbeat)


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