About Neighborhood Nomads

NeighborhoodNomadsLogo_square-2Neighborhood Nomads is a guide to exploring close to home. It is a collection of stories and observations about the strength of our homes, neighborhoods, cities and landscapes. The intent is to encourage readers to travel their hometowns and experience the places they know best with fresh eyes, just like a tourist would. It is a testament to the power of physical places in a virtual world. We don’t need to go far to find the places that shape us most profoundly.

We invite you to explore the site and find inspiration:

EXPLORE THE LANDSCAPE for guidance on getting outdoors, whether biking through town, taking a weekend road trip, or camping on a nearby beach.

EXPLORE THE CITY for reflections on urban living, the pulse of the world’s hubs and the power of city life.

EXPLORE THE NEIGHBORHOOD to slow down and savor the core unit of our communities. Observe the everyday in coffee shops and corner stores. Meet artists and writers who live around the corner.

EXPLORE THE HOME to consider how the spaces we inhabit provide insight into our identities and families.

MEET FELLOW NOMADS in our series of conversations with people who love where they live. Learn about the geography that has influenced these creative and seasoned travelers on the path to putting down roots and deliberately selecting a place to call home. If you’d like to be featured as a fellow nomad, fill out our online form and share your story.


In June 2011, I made a commitment to spend one year returning to each of my many hometowns to learn more about the places I’d lived. With ample vacation days, multiple frequent flyer tickets, many tanks of gas and several bicycles, I covered extensive ground in twelve months, studying great neighborhoods — my great neighborhoods — in Montreal, St. Louis, Toronto, Arlington, Va., Baltimore, Md., Stamford, Ct., New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Annapolis, Md., Southport, Ct., and Washington, DC. I examined what makes a place a joy to call home. I took note of factors such as architecture and design, transportation and access. Often, I just watched my neighbors go about their days, observing the pulse of the streets and the character of the neighborhood. The year-long effort is documented on The Original Project: Traveling My Hometowns section of this site.

Kate Barrett Gallery is a journalist and traveler who lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Her experience includes work as a news writer at KRON-4 television in San Francisco, a web producer at ABC News in Washington, a reporter on Capitol Hill, and a summer backpacking guide in Canada, France and Spain. Kate received a journalism degree from Northwestern’s Medill School in Evanston, Ill. and a history-sociology degree from Columbia University in New York City. She has lived in 27 28 houses or apartments in a dozen cities or towns. She has always been a neighborhood nomad.