Will Chuck Brown Park get that go-go swing?


Phyllis Thompson and Willie Carr play horseshoes at the former Langdon Park, renamed in the Godfather of Go-Go’s honor after a D.C. Council vote last year. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Everyone loves Chuck Brown, right? Maybe, but not everyone loves the plans for Chuck Brown Park — the recently renamed portion of Langdon Park in Northeast. Most controversial is a proposal to improve an existing amphitheater, expanding it to 900 seats under one version of the plans, vexing neighbors who are already fed up with the noise, trash and traffic the park generates. The plans have now been scaled back, but the amphitheater remains, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration is licking its wounds after being pummeled for ignoring community input.

In other news:

Prosecutors won’t charge Uber driver accused of raping customer (Post)

Pepco CEO’s pay nearly doubled in 2012 (WaTimes)

Patrick Mara: So nice, they endorsed him twice (Post editorial)

And what a fabulous eBayer he is! (DCist)

But he responds to Romney slams by thinly accusing Elissa Silverman of questionable endorsements (Post)

Developer’s proposal would move FBI to Government Printing Office site near Union Station … (Washingtonian)

… Prompting knee-jerk urbanist opposition (GGWHousing Complex)

Shaw at Garnet-Patterson Middle School is a hellhole, mom alleges (WUSA-TV)

Jonetta Rose Barras: How dare Vince Gray take politics into consideration in his budget proposal! (Examiner)

Gray budget “is meant to paper over the depth of the social crisis in the US capital” (World Socialist)

Logan Circle ANC strongly and unanimously opposes proposed liquor license moratorium (Borderstan)

Gray administration solicits “academic anchor” for St. Elizabeths east campus (WBJ)

Much-debated Connecticut Avenue apartment building gets permits (WBJ)

Rule change means federal employees will be able to run for office in the District (Federal Eye)

Jeff Ruland fired as UDC basketball coach after 6-20 year (Post)

D.C. school closures lawsuit moves to federal court (Post)

Rape conviction vacated by D.C. Court of Appeals (Legal TimesExaminer)

Michael Graham, famed Hoyas sixth man, won a $1 million Powerball prize (WTOPWRC-TV)

Does Vince Gray get cranky when he goes to Rosslyn? (Loose Lips)

Redeveloped Uline Arena will be known as “The Coliseum” (UrbanTurf)

Georgetown University would prefer the “One City” streetcar line end at its front door (PatchThe Hoya)

Streetcars are nice, but buses are important, too (GGW)

Jack’s Boathouse owner: “At some point, you can’t fight the Feds. … We know when we’ve been beaten.” (Georgetowner)

Cop fires at, but does not strike, Petworth perp (Post)

Office leasing market not getting better soon (WBJ)

Billy Martin’s Tavern is 80 years old (WTOP)

Frager’s Hardware is proposing a fancy, glassy showroom addition (Capitol Hill Corner)

Does Georgetown need two 7-Elevens? (Carol Joynt)

Errant DPR retweet of @Pontifex (DCist)

Because, just because, behold the U Street Taco (Young & Hungry)

Today on the Politics Hour: Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe (WAMU-FM)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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