Rats in the city

October 21, 2013

A rat crosses an alley to check out trash containers behind restaurants in Adams Morgan in August. (Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

Some might consider it folly to think that a community meeting might succeed in turning the tide in the ages-old battle against rats. But dozens showed up Thursday’s night to a “rat summit” in Logan Circle – including Style writer Dan Zak. The problem centers on the so-hot-right-now 14th Street NW corridor, “where 24 new restaurants have opened in the past nine months, where giant holes have been dug to build new condos, where growing numbers of people come to eat and drink and, possibly, litter.” The symptoms include thrown loaves of bread and a “river of sludge.” In the end, Zak finds, the much-anticipated summit “is heavy on pamphlets and bureaucratease, low on solutions and revelations, and ends with the promise of another meeting.”

In other news:

We’ve got millennials! (The Washington Post Magazine)

Vince Gray says reelection decision will come “within the next few weeks” (DofDWAMU-FMWRC-TVWashingtonianLoose Lips)

Colby King: If Gray is proven to have known of his campaign corruption, it “would wipe out all the good that he has done as mayor” (Post column)

Kaya Henderson’s state-of-the-schools speech is heavy on vision, light on specifics (PostWAMU-FMHousing Complex)

Gray radio address: “We no longer have the luxury of being a company town whose economic fortunes are inextricably tied to the federal budget” (WNEW-FM)

In light of spending deal, Congress should grant D.C. permanent budget autonomy (Post editorial)

Marijuana activists give legalization initiative another shot (DCistLoose Lips)

Why a steep hike in the minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers is a bad idea (Post op-ed)

After installation, debate over Verizon Center animated billboards goes on (Post)

Meet Jason Levien, the high-flying pro sports executive behind then D.C. United stadium deal (WBJ)

Eleanor Holmes Norton goes on Crossfire to argue Redskins name (CNN)

Ten architectural teams short-listed for MLK Library redevelopment (Housing ComplexDCist)

Weekend violence: At least seven stabbed or shot (PostPoPville)

Video released of D.C. police officer assaulting Locker Room employee (WJLA-TV)

Shutdown slows Capitol Police review of Navy Yard rampage response (WRC-TV)

Will a university policing bill that failed a decade ago be more successful today? (Hatchet)

Lafayette Park peace vigil again removed after volunteer goes AWOL (Post)

Will incoming senator Cory Booker actually live in Anacostia? (Housing Complex)

Four non-Anacostia locations where Booker could live (Washingtonian)

First D.C. Wal-Mart could open by Black Friday (WTTG-TV)

The story behind New York Avenue bridge’s new “wings” (Post column)

Miriam’s Kitchen says it will focus on Housing First efforts (WBJ)

Jack Evans hangs out at the Go-Go Awards (@EvansForMayor)

Georgetowners honor Herb and Patrice Miller (Dish)

Ron Moten says the shutdown undid “so much of the progress that the Republican Party was making in the black community” (WaTimes)

When it comes to tech investments, D.C. still lags the “boring suburbs” (WBJ)

Aging L’Enfant Plaza Hotel set for overhaul (WBJ)

Missing the Golden Dome, Au Pied du Cochon and other landmarks of bygone D.C. (Post Magazine)

Uber eyes Capitol Hill — but why? (Wonkblog)

Navy takes over former Coast Guard offices on Buzzard Point (WBJ)

Why not rename Georgetown’s Rose Park for a historic black community nearby? (G’town Metropolitan)

Why IMPACT seems to work (National Review)

Dupont ANC takes aim at serial smash-and-grabber (SALM)

D.C. residents ranked most liberal among the states (Gallup)

Idiotic state rankings are idiotic (Atlantic)

Former police officer: “I really don’t have any feelings in regard to how ‘Disco’ Dan is looked at” (Post column)

D.C.’s nicest taxi driver (Post letter)

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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