• Big News in the Neighborhood

    March 26, 2013, Washington, DC: It’s 6:00 pm on a major news day. You’ve scrolled through the Tweets, liked the Facebook statuses, seen the Instagrams, clicked through the slideshows, read the analysis. By this time of day, you’ve consumed all there is to consume in this virtual world of ours. There’s likely nothing more I

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  • Technicolor Dreaming on Capitol Hill

    March 24, 2013, Washington, DC: Forget that whole bit about spring springing. It’s freezing here! Eastern Market is downright drab today, and it’s not helping that the street musician bundled in a ski coat at the top of the Metro escalator is playing a mopey rendition of “Killing Me Softly” on a flute. Even the thickest

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  • Waiting for Elephants

    March 20, 2013, Washington, DC: It was a hodgepodge group out there last night, for sure. A marine in uniform and a clown nose hugged his girlfriend as toddlers ran joyful circles behind the crowd. Fathers held stuffed animals and watched teenage boys rattle through a graffitied skate park. Capitol Hill Police on bicycles fielded questions

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  • The Real Reason I Love It Here

    February 19, 2013, Washington, DC: It seems somewhat disingenuous to have come this far on Neighborhood Nomads without mentioning one of the main reasons I love living where I do. In truth, it’s the pizza. As someone who could eat pizza seven days a week, living mere blocks from both Matchbox and Seventh Hill, the city’s

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  • Small Talk on a DC Street

    December 28, 2012, Washington, DC: The older woman walking down the sidewalk just ahead of me this afternoon slowed down and turned to wait by the board game shop. “Do you live in this area?” she asked. “I do,” I said. “How do you stand it?” she asked with a laugh. She’d been looking for parking

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  • Celebrating Fall on Barracks Row

    September 23, 2012, Washington, DC: Look at this place! Yesterday hundreds of people swarmed to Barracks Row for the annual fall festival on our neighborhood Main St. What I like about this festival is its odd blend of elements. The Marine Barracks at the heart of the neighborhood’s geography and identity plays a key role in

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  • What Summer Brought to Capitol Hill

    September 6, 2012, Washington, DC: Peaches, salsa, oysters, tortillas and more arrived in abundance this summer in our neighborhood on Capitol Hill. While every season in the city brings change, this time most of it revolved around the smell, sight and taste of food. If last summer was our summer of sweets, this summer was our

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  • My Neighborhood is… Mysterious

    August 8, 2012, Washington, DC: Can anyone tell me the story behind these painted bricks? I’ve come across several of them this summer on my regular running and walking routes on Capitol Hill and I wonder who’s behind them. I wonder if the person who paints them does so in the middle of the night when

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  • Living on Capitol Hill: Meet Julia

    July 20, 2012, Washington, DC: Like so many of us, Julia Christian very deliberately selected a place to call home. Bottom line: She loved it there. But unlike those of us with ultra-nomadic tendencies who land far from the nest, Julia chose to return to the very neighborhood in which she grew up. She decided

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  • Before I Go on Staycation…

    June 21, 2012, Washington, DC: I’m planning to take a little staycation. I’m not going anywhere and I’ll most certainly be back — just taking a brief hiatus from regular blog posts to reflect on this year’s project and collect my thoughts concerning what happens next. New ideas are keeping me up at night and I

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  • Holiday Weekends in the City

    May 26, 2012, Washington, DC: The Friday night and Saturday morning of a holiday weekend is always a good time to enjoy the city. If you’re staying put, you watch the evening traffic head out, bound for the beach or a weekend with family. You watch the roads clear and things grow a bit quiet,

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  • A Taste of Where We Live

    April 28, 2012, Washington, DC: Want a taste of my neighborhood? Here it is: My neighborhood is funny and filling. Today I spent the afternoon at an annual local event called Taste of 8th, assigned to take photographs for the organizers at Barracks Row Main Street. There’s so much food on these few blocks of 8th

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Flavors of a Culinary Crawl

    January 30, 2012, Washington, DC: This weekend I had the privilege of working for Barracks Row Main Street to take photographs throughout my neighborhood of an event called the Culinary Education Crawl. (Full set of photos now posted on www.barracksrow.org!) On Sunday, nine restaurants and establishments on Barracks Row offered courses throughout the day in

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