Vamos United stadium


Marion Barry hobnobs with United supporters. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. United managing partner Jason Levien could stand at Thursday’s announcement of a $300 million soccer stadium deal and take comfort in many things. Start with the fact that representatives of all three of the site’s private landowners stood on stage with them and that dozens of United fans came to cheer the deal. But nothing could have been more encouraging than seeing Marion Barry — developer of the Frank D. Reeves Center, set to be traded away as part of the deal — standing outside the tent, chanting “Vamos United” alongside members of La Barra Brava. Still, Gray will need to assemble seven council votes to get the deal through, and there’s still plenty of skepticism about the Reeves Center sale and other property trades surely still to come — including from Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. More from WBJDCistGGWAPPatch and WUSA-TV.

In other news:

Landowners are in the catbird seat (Loose Lips)

Time for the Reeves Center to go (Housing Complex)

Reeves sale would mean yet another relocation for the D.C. LGBT center (BladeMetro Weekly)

What would stadium deal mean for RFK Stadium? (WAMU-FM)

On Wal-Mart, “D.C. is repeating Chicago’s mistake” (Chicago Tribune editorial)

Vote to delay elected-AG referendum only the latest example of council thwarting voters’ will (WaTimes)

Gray campaign aide Tom Gore is to be sentenced this morning (AP)

Jonetta Rose Barras: A Vincent Gray reelection is a lost cause (Post column)

Someone splashed green paint on the Lincoln Memorial last night (Post)

Harriet Tregoning: “a height limit … will have consequences in terms of our future growth and the cost of living here and who can even be here” (WAMU-FM)

Looks like a university will have some role in Walter Reed redevelopment plans (GGW)

Eleanor Holmes Norton is the new ranking member of the House appropriations Infrastructure and Transportation subcommittee (Dr. Gridlock)

Marion Barry, as promised, pays up to settle ethics violation (AP)

Soon, SmarTrips will cost only $2 (Dr. Gridlock)

United Medical Center plan has much in common with Prince George’s Hospital plan (WBJ)

If you are subject to “undue verbal abuse,” you are entitled to collect D.C. unemployment after walking off the job (Legal Times)

Woman sexually assaulted in Chinatown while waiting for bus (WJLA-TV)

New Metro union contract is now official (Dr. Gridlock)

Meet your new Hardy Middle School principal (Patch)

Parking minimums, harrumph, harrumph (Post letter)

Hi-tech pedestrian signal planned for Florida Avenue NE (PoPville)

Washington Harbour now belongs to South Koreans (WBJ)

The savvy intern’s guide to food and drink (Post)

Annie Kaylor, the Annie of Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, is dead at 86 (BladeMetro Weekly)

Three D.C. restaurants time forgot (GOG)

Once a meeting hall, then a military prison, now a Gap (GGW)

PoPville gets to the bottom of low-number tags! (PoPville)

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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