• Map of Mornings: Eastern Market

    July 30, 2011, Washington, DC: Mornings are my time. I’m more creative in the morning. It pains me to spend five mornings a week in the car commuting. By the time I get there, my energy is zapped. Good ideas have come and gone. Weekend mornings, you can imagine, are heaven. During DC summers, they’re also

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  • Kayak For A Cause

    July 29, 2011: Washington, DC: Living waterside certainly has its perks, and one of them is the chance to participate in aquatic adventures like the one that gets underway tomorrow morning in Connecticut. Tomorrow a literal group of nomads comes together on the water to lend a hand to terrific local charities. If you’re in

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  • The Power of Our Parks

    July 29, 2011, Washington, DC: I love this image from the family archives. It’s a photo of my father running the bases more than 30 years ago in Montreal’s Westmount Park, just across the street from our old apartment. The stories I’ve heard about Westmount evoke a place that was a great spot to begin

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  • The Washington We Know

    “Of course there is more than one Washington.” -David McCullough, 1991, “I Love Washington” July 26, 2011, Washington, DC: The Washington we know is not the Washington you see at the end of this road. The Washington we know is the Washington you see all along this road and tucked away behind its trees. It is

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  • Then and Now: Overlee Pool

     July 23, 2011, Arlington, Va.: After blogging about summertime swims and a bike ride back to my old home, I knew there was one place I’d have to revisit during this project. I would have to return to the one place that mattered most to my family during our time in Arlington in the early

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  • Prime Places For A Cold Drink

    July 22, 2011, Washington, DC: Nomads feel most at home in cities for good reasons. Chief among them, those born with an inkling for exploration and movement repeatedly discover there are far more options in cities than suburbs. We have choices, and those choices are hugely important to us. But even explorers have trouble getting

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  • It’s Never This Humid at Nob Hill Cafe

    Photo Credit: Marjorie Childress July 21, 2011, Washington, DC: In today’s heat (real feel 110), it’s a valid question: How much does climate play a role in where you choose to live? I can say with certainty that climate lured me to San Francisco, Brisbane, Australia, and a mountain summer spent in Jackson, Wyoming. On this

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  • A Nod to Solomons Island

    July 19, 2011, Washington, DC: There are places we know like the back of our hands (our homes, our neighborhoods, our favorite blocks) that inevitably matter most to us. But there are other places we may have been only once that — for one reason or another — become meaningful parts of our stories. Calvert County,

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  • Best Blocks: Capitol Hill

    July 18, 2011, Washington, DC: Good-looking neighborhoods make me happy. Maybe that makes me superficial; maybe I put too much weight on what places look like. But I can meander down streets full of attractive homes in the same way fashionistas can spend hours in a shoe store full of Christian Louboutins. Pleasing paint colors, lush landscaping,

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  • My Criteria

    July 16, 2011: Happy one month anniversary to Neighborhood Nomad: One Year of Travel Through My Many Hometowns. Thanks to those who have been visiting the site and offering kinds words of encouragement. For those of you just joining us, you can learn more about the project here. One month in means it’s time to identify

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  • Places Like Tiffany’s

    July 15, 2011: Washington, DC: My generation missed the drive-in movie era, but I still have memories of outdoor films. Watching a movie under the stars reminds me of swim team sleepovers, of watching Jaws floating on a raft in the deep end at a surprisingly young age. Even though I’ve never been to a drive-in,

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  • Our New, Old Neighborhood Restaurant

    July 13, 2011, Washington, DC: One reason I love city living is because going out to eat is among my guiltiest pleasures. I love living in neighborhoods where I can walk down the block and choose from a wide variety of authentic cuisines. I love that urban diversity means great food; cities have long welcomed nomads,

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  • Summertime Swims

    July 12, 2011, Washington, DC: High on my list of criteria for what makes cities livable is the ability to get outside. That’s part of what I love about Capital Bikeshare and running watching fireworks by kayak. But on days like this with a heat index of 104, there’s no other option for outdoor recreation

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  • Jane Jacobs in the Age of Twitter

    July 11, 2011, Washington, DC: More on the origins of this project: Roots of this project are evident in an undergraduate course I took at Columbia University, called The History of the City of New York. Best class I ever took. In that class, professor Ken Jackson, an expert in urban development and the effects of

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  • The Trouble With Travel Writing

    July 10, 2011, Washington, DC: This origins of this project are at least partially rooted in San Francisco, circa 2003. At that time, I was an aspiring writer living on San Francisco’s Russian Hill. Caffeinated to the hilt at Royal Ground coffee shop on Polk Street, I would submit query letters to the editors of

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  • Memory Lane: Arlington

    July 9, 2011, Arlington, VA: Today marked my first trip back to one of my old neighborhoods since beginning this project, Neighborhood Nomad. I visited Country Club Hills in Arlington, Va., a place whose name implies it is far ritzier than it feels in my memory. This is a picture taken this afternoon of the

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  • My Ode to Capital Bikeshare

    July 8, 2011, Washington, DC: Three cheers for Friday afternoon! Not only does this mean no work til Monday, it means no car til Monday. It means I am free. Free for biking. If there’s one element of my lifestyle that doesn’t mesh well with the rest, it’s my commute. 65 miles roundtrip each day,

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  • The Honeymoon’s Over

    July 7, 2011, Washington, DC: Over time, I’ve learned why I enjoy running. It’s not because I like the feeling of running itself; I don’t. I can’t stand running on a treadmill. But I like it because I like how I feel once it’s over. And I love it because it’s a great pace at

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