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Where’s the cycletrack?

The L Street bike lane is still missing its westbound companion a block to the north. (Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)

Roughly two months ago, the city transportation department caught a good amount of flak for modifying its plans for a downtown bike lane to mollify a well-connected church. Well, hey, politics is the art of compromise and all that, and bike advocates were at least happy work would commence on the long-delayed M Street cycletrack — by October, it was promised. Here we are at October’s end, and no work appears to be in sight. A department spokesman tells Washingtonian’s Ben Freed that rain three weeks ago is still delaying work today. A top department planner, meanwhile, tells DCist that there’s “still some things we need to do before we can start putting it in.” But the Washington Area Bicyclist Association would really like a better explanation than that, so they have filed a public-records request.

In other news:

Winter brings fears more homeless families will be crowded into hotel rooms (PostHousing ComplexWAMU-FM)

D.C. demographics, 2007-2012: White population up 17 percent, black population down 3 percent (WBJWJLA-TV)

And Hispanic and Asian populations up considerably, too (Housing Complex)

Bus driver arrested for drunk driving had children aboard bus, has now been fired (PostWJLA-TV)

Cathy Lanier’s house rules: No underage drinking, thank you (WTOP)

And keep those marijuana laws clear! (WRC-TV)

Jury nullification sign inside courthouse Metro stop has prosecutors riled (Post)

Plaintiffs in gun case move to force long-delayed decision on open carry in D.C. (WaTimes)

Andy Shallal still doesn’t have an exploratory committee, but he says he plans to pick up ballot petitions anyway (Loose Lips)

Love nightclub’s liquor license is yanked over $116,000 sales tax bill (GOG)

Hundreds of cabbies show up at first Teamsters meeting (WUSA-TVWJLA-TV)

Danny Hogg — aka Cool “Disco” Dan — opens up about his mental illness (Post)

An exhaustive retort to critics of Height Act changes (Housing Complex)

DDOT envisions dedicated streetcar lanes on K Street NW (GGW)

“Almost universally, parents these days say they want their kids to go to a school with a diverse student body. But very few are willing to have their kids be the pioneers in making a high-poverty, largely minority school more diverse.” (GGW)

United Medical Center’s patients just aren’t sick and lucrative enough (WBJ)

Courtland Milloy is not a big fan of Yardfest (Post column)

Ben’s Chili Bowl said H Street demolition was OK because it is “deconstructing the building with the purpose of reconstructing (WJLA-TV)

Doug Jemal closes on mixed-use deal a few blocks away (WBJ)

At least one ANC finds the election precinct redrawing plan to be perfectly sensible (ANC 3B)

Transgender Health Empowerment is kaput after financial woes (WRC-TV)

The Ontario Theater is gone (PoPville)

No guarantees that Uniqlo is coming to D.C., folks (City Desk)

The High Heel Race happened (WRC-TVWTTG-TV)

Dan Snyder tells Roger Goodell he has no plans to change the Redskins name (Football Insider)

Et tu, Chron? (PFT)

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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