• Miles From Monday: Old Montreal

    May 28, 2012, Washington, DC: It’s on these hot summer nights that arrive unseasonably early in Washington that we romanticize Vieux Montreal. We let our minds travel back down the narrow streets and alleyways in the oldest part of the city and we recall — sweating — what it was like to feel cold there. Downing

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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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  • Today’s Pit Stops

    May 18, 2012, Washington, DC: We’ve got a few pit stops to make today and stopping by to applaud Bike to Work Day is only the first. Next up, we’ve got a stop at the Metro station and another at the airport, a hiatus up in the air and a trip out to Long Island. We’ll

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  • Spontaneity in the City

    “Cities make it easier to watch and listen and learn. Because the essential characteristic of humanity is our ability to learn from each other, cities make us more human.” -Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City April 12, 2012, Washington, DC: That right there describes the draw of these places. These places allow us to crowd

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  • Good Morning, City

    April 7, 2012, Washington, DC: Oh happy Saturday. There’s been a bit of a lull here on the blog, but we’re back in action and inspired by the promise of a great weekend. Water taxi service starts today. Free outdoor yoga on the National Mall gets underway shortly, followed by a marketplace, beer and sake

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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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  • 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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  • Hidden Beauty & Unnoticed Oddities

    February 28, 2012, Washington, DC: We tend to see it when we travel, but not so much when we return back home. Hidden beauty just around the corner. Unnoticed oddities right under our noses. Rarities we tend to forget are not the norm as they gradually become a steady part of our everyday scene. We

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  • Finding Balance in San Francisco

    “The sea and pine scented air fills me with hope and the belief that all men and women are made better by a visit to this place. The dream of San Francisco is that humanity might live in harmony with nature but at the same time enjoy the benefits of civilization. Call yourself down through

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  • Coastal Grays: Pacific Edition

    February 21, 2012, San Francisco: I wake up early this morning in a land of grayscale. Cold fog lingers here on the hill on this south slope of Broderick. The severity of San Francisco’s colors have all but disappeared. This place can change on a dime. It won’t last, I know that by now. But I recall too that

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  • Map of Mornings: Polk Street

    “San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.” -William Saroyan February 20, 2012, San Francisco: I have the strangest feeling here this morning. I have a feeling I’ve written this post

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  • On The Slopes of Mt. Tam

    February 20, 2012, San Francisco, CA: We take the high road, the Sun Trail, at its intersection with the Dipsea, winding our way to the wide wooden porch of the Tourist Club along the slopes of Mt. Tam. I gravitate towards the narrow dirt paths that weave through the landscape north of San Francisco, especially this

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