Continued population growth means pressures on housing prices won’t be easing anytime soon. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Population growth in the United States has slowed to a pace not seen since the Great Depression, but the District of Columbia’s resident boom continues apace — or nearly pace. The 13,000 additional residents the city picked up between July 2012 and July 2013 according to new Census Bureau estimates equaled 2 percent growth, slightly less than the growth reported in previous years. Those numbers, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said, show “that the District continues to be one of the most attractive and competitive cities in the nation.” They also show that the city’s challenges with affordable housing and the cost of living aren;t going away in 2014 or anytime soon. More from WRC-TVHousing ComplexWBJ and AP.

See you next year: DeMorning Links will return Thursday.

In other news:

New social media policy threatens to stifle firefighter tweets (WaTimesWRC-TVrelease)

Winter Classic hockey game likely to be played at Nationals Park (PostESPN)

2014 promises to be quite a year for D.C. politics (Loose Lips)

And for D.C. housing and development (Housing Complex)

Petula Dvorak’s new year resolution for Vince Gray: “Stick to shadowboxing, discourage shadow campaigning” (Post column)

Metro to riders: It is possible to be too drunk to ride the train (Dr. Gridlock)

Metrobus service changes have taken effect, including additional service on X2, 70 and 50s routes (DCistGGW)

Where are all the D.C. Health Link customers? (WBJ)

Michelle Rhee biographer on “remarkable” education progress in D.C. (HuffPo)

Woman missing from Southeast was struck and killed on Suitland Parkway last week (WJLA-TV)

Carjacked SUV crashes into Metrobus on MLK Avenue SW (WJLA-TV)

Four firefighters arrested over past three months (WTTG-TV)

Man killed in single-car accident on 295 (Post)

400,000 square feet of new retail in D.C. this year (

At more and more bars, it’s BYOF (Post)

“Philanthropub” calls it quits (PoPville)

Big tech news of 2013: LivingSocial is still here (WBJ)

Meet a few of 1776’s aspiring tech moguls (Washingtonian)

The New York Subway map, done Metro-style (GGW)