Hub of luxury


The Aston Martin is the local one-percenter’s latest must-have luxury bauble. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

What’s in an Aston Martin dealership? It’s a reflection of the growing affluence of D.C. and its surrounding region, Annie Gowen writes in today’s Washington Post. It’s boom times here as private wealth managers move into the city, alongside luxe brands like Gucci, Henri Bendel and Van Cleef & Arpels. And then there’s the English sports cars, which start at $130,000. A consultant from the Luxury Institute — yes, the Luxury Institute — says D.C. has that magic mix of education, affluence and economic resilience: “Let’s face it … the only place with money during the recession was Washington, D.C. So it’s no surprise that it’s being seen as one of the hubs of luxury where companies want to plant some flags.”

In other news:

HUD to city: Where’s the $28 million we gave you for Skyland? (WBJ)

Nonprofit: Fenty/Rhee reforms have made no difference in DCPS third-graders’ test performance (Washington PostExaminer)

Speed limits will rise on four commuter-heavy D.C. streets (Dr. Gridlock)

Marion Barry says he’s “the most strategic, brilliant political strategist around” (WaTimes)

Protesters demand end of coal burning at Capitol Power Plant (WaTimesDCistTommy Wells)

Capital Bikeshare will get 54 new stations over the next three months, DDOT says (Dr. GridlockCapital Bikeshare)

Among those spreading holiday cheer: Vernon Davis and Patrick Ewing (WRC-TVWJLA-TV)

Tommy Wells wants to put his colleagues on the spot on campaign finance. Again. (Examiner)

Phil Mendelson is not contemplating any gun law changes in wake of Newtown (Examiner

Time to have David Catania sink his teeth into education, Jonetta Rose Barras says (Examiner)

Jack Evans is on a $11 million crusade for longer library hours — and a platform for a mayoral run? (Post)

Wells: No constitutional right to “battlefield firepower” (The Root DC)

Airports Authority pays legal fees out the nose (Post)

Did Jim Graham lie during lottery investigations? (Examiner editorial)

Mendo doesn’t think courts will force concealed carry on D.C. (DCist)

Council’s speeding camera bill will be watered down, and some are not happy (DCist)

D.C. courts could see a long drop off fiscal ‘cliff’ (NLJ

Meet the group of friends who decorate the Taft Bridge lions, no city permission necessary (Reliable Source)

The Ontario Theatre might be razed, but its condo replacement might look a lot like the Ontario (Housing Complex)

‘Shadow campaign’ figure Jeanne Clarke Harris won’t be seeing sentencing date anytime soon (WAMU-FMExaminer)

Some flaws in task force’s treatment of charter school neighborhood preference (GGW)

Show up on Jan. 18 with tens of millions of dollars, and the West Heating Plant could be yours (Capital Business)

City archaeologists will explore Georgetown row house associated with prominent freed slave (Current via Dish)

Marion Barry: No fat cops (Loose LipsWJLA-TV)

Developer Chris Donatelli’s house is pretty choice (Forest Hills Connection)

If you’re going to dance on a street corner, make sure there’s no hole in your pants (City Desk)

Man is found dead in Fort Lincoln — not far from elementary school and Cathy Lanier’s house (Crime SceneWRC-TV)

Terry Huff, D.C. cop turned soul sensation, is dead at 65 (Arts Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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