Start of another gorgeous weekend in D.C. and Team Grosso offers some of the latest items we've been reading (and watching) for your consideration:

The Marijuana Series: Other Views | August 7, 2014

Councilmember Grosso’s Letter to the Editor of the New York Times on marijuana legalization was published. Take a look and share with friends.

Why D.C. Is About to Have Even Less Affordable Housing | Aaron Wiener, August 6, 2014

Apartments subsidized through the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC) must keep their rents below a specified level for at least 15 years. After that time, property owners can shift to rents based on the current market climate. Our office is well acquainted with the program, as we have been working with tenants in Ft. Lincoln who had their subsidies improperly ended early. In the next five years, 45 other properties in the District will reach the end of their mandated 15 years of affordability. Not sure if reports that D.C. is halfway to the goal of 10,000 affordable housing units takes this into account.

Are Great Teachers Born or Made? | Nick Romeo, August 6, 2014

“…teaching—like any other profession—has its geniuses. Better training could certainly make many mediocre teachers competent, but it’s less likely to make competent teachers extraordinary.” Romeo reviews the premise of Elizabeth Green’s new book, Building a Better Teacher. Which side of the debate are you on?

Some College Athletes Will Now Get Paid—a Little | Sean Gregory, August 7, 2014

Yesterday, the NCAA voted to allow 65 teams from the so-called power conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC, and Notre Dame) further autonomy to make their own rules. In addition to offering athletes a scholarship, schools will now also be able to offer money for extras like food, clothing, and post-season travel to visit family. Nothing could possibly go wrong, right?

With bike lanes, fewer riders on sidewalk, study says | Ashley Halsey III, August 7, 2014

PeopleForBikes survey results show that bike riders are abandoning the sidewalks as the District install more miles of protected bike lanes for them to ride.

People Just Won’t Give Up on Awful Neighborhood Apps | Kriston Capps, August 7, 2014

There is so much wrong with the new app ‘SketchFactor’. It's understandable to want to avoid areas that are proven to have high crime based on data so when you're walking or driving you lower the chances of being a victim of opportunity. However, we know that ‘SketchFactor’ is going to come down to rumor, race and poverty and that's it. We don’t want that for our city. We hope this app has the same fate as all the others.

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

Pretty inspiring TED Talk from 2012 after our week visiting urban farms around the District.