• The Bottom Line on the High Line

    “If the future is going to be greener, then it must be more urban. Dense cities offer a means of living that involves less driving and smaller homes to heat and cool. Maybe someday we’ll be able to drive and cool our homes with almost no carbon emissions, but until then, there is nothing greener

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  • Just A Little Outdoor Space

    March 29, 2012, Washington, DC: We have a little outdoor space here at home. It overlooks an especially narrow alley because the street behind ours is a diagonal one that squeezes the backs of our homes close together. A mess of tangled black wires hangs above and a confident squirrel paces back and forth there

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  • City Spaces, Wishful Thinking

    March 25, 2012, Washington, DC: Wouldn’t a bike lane through the trees look amazing here? Do you think that house would look even more charming painted yellow? What would improve that plaza over there? Picnic tables? Landscaping? A flower stand? There are lots of us out there, people always imagining something new. It’s a habit that

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  • Do You Live in a Stressful City?

    March 22, 2012, Washington, DC: I heard a story on the radio this morning that made me feel calm, cool and collected. It detailed a report out this week from Sperling’s Best Places revealing the nation’s most stressful cities. Immediately I assumed the Washington metro area, a region full of Type As and powerhouses, would

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  • Washington Through Rose-Colored Glasses

    March 19, 2012, Washington, DC: In Washington we are regularly blessed with an early spring that elbows its way in past winter without asking the cold whether it minds the interruption. That’s when word gets out and the crowds arrive, tourists and marathoners jamming their way into the city like the season itself, snapping photos

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  • History at the Hill Center

    March 18, 2012, Washington, DC: On Thursday evening, I stood outside the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital talking with three of my Capitol Hill neighbors I’d met that day. We were discussing the history of the place, led by Peter McCall and Barry Harrelson, both residents of the Hill since the early 1970s

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  • Great Days, Great Falls

    March 15, 2012, Washington, DC: These are great days. Days when the water sprays up into our faces from a raging river below. Days spent walking with dogs. These are great days for trailrunning and biking and parking at Angler’s Inn just below the Maryland overlook at Great Falls only to find it packed like summer. That particular great

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  • A Toast to Daylight

    March 13, 2012, Washington, DC: We made it. We can stop racing daylight. Our evenings are suddenly brighter and so is our outlook. Our days are getting longer now, full of extended possibility. This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, especially here in Washington. In Washington, daylight doesn’t just bring the promise of a

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  • Wilderness in the City: Rock Creek Park

    March 11, 2012, Washington, DC: Some fifteen years ago, I took an overnight bike ride through New York City with hundreds of classmates in my history class. The ride is a bit legendary, and for good reason: Throughout the night, we descended from the Upper West Side, sang through Times Square, visited Fulton Fish Market

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Anita of Ottawa

    March 9, 2012, Washington, DC: Why leave behind the beaches of Australia for a life back in Ottawa? Anita Mac has plenty of reasons. Anita blogs about her explorations both at home in Canada and along the road, and she agreed to give us insight into what makes Ottawa a great place to live. Tell

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: David of Navy Yard

    March 5, 2012, Washington, DC: There are neighbors who love where they live and then there are neighbors who love it enough to roll up their sleeves and get things done. David Garber is among the latter. In his fast-growing Washington neighborhood known as Navy Yard, Garber can be found installing signs reminding neighbors to

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  • Documenting Hometown History

    “As we write, so we build: to keep a record of what matters to us.” -Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness March 3, 2012, Washington, DC: We dined two weeks ago Nob Hill Cafe, my favorite neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco. From our little table on Taylor Street, we sifted through old photos that

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