• Living in Dignowity Hill

    July 29, 2012, Washington, DC: I was struck by my recent conversation with Bekah McNeel of San Antonio. In relaying her story about moving into the neighborhood of Dignowity Hill two years ago, Bekah challenged me to think more deeply about not only our love of place, but about our responsibility to place. She had

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  • Haunted By History: Tom’s Take on Washington

    July 24 2012, Washington, DC: Through which lens do you see your city? An architectural lens like Cecille’s? A photographic lens like Charlotte’s? Do you see your surroundings differently because you’re a mother? A neighborhood veteran? A changemaker? Tom Cochran views his hometown through the lens of history. His Washington is one in which walls talk and

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  • Walking Washington With The Prince of Petworth

    July 18, 2012, Washington, DC: Speaking of neighborhood nomads, meet Dan Silverman (if you don’t know him already). Silverman stays connected to his most recent hometown of Washington by walking. A lot. He is, in fact, so fanatical about doing so that he makes a living recording his observations along the way. On lengthy strolls

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • My Happy Place

    February 18, 2012, San Francisco: This place is not normal. Did we know that when we lived here? I think so. I hope so. I can’t remember. When we lived here back then, did we ever get used to those vistas like the one today atop the Baker Street steps? Did we know how strikingly beautiful our

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  • Phases of City Living

    February 12, 2012, Washington, DC: Do you think you might outgrow your neighborhood as you get older? Or that it suits you now that you’re settled but would never have suited your younger self? Does the place you call home appeal to you as you envision yourself in various stages of life? Is it big enough

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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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  • Writing About Place: A Reading List

    January 24, 2012, Washington, DC: And then it was everywhere. In every book I opened, every conversation I overheard, every article I read. People were curious about why those around them gravitate to the places they do. Suddenly it was clear I’d been pursuing this independent study for years. While packing and unpacking boxes. While working

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  • Perfectly Typical Capitol Hill

    January 21, 2012, Washington, DC: She opened the front door Sunday afternoon to the sizzle of onions and voices from the kitchen wafting down the hall. She liked coming home to this — to impromptu gatherings already underway in her own apartment. After a weekend of travel, it was nice to return home and transition in

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Pam of Washington

    January 9, 2012, Washington, DC: Pam is a realtor born and raised in Washington, DC. That’s right. A native Washingtonian. In this hyper-transient city, I sat down with Pam just before Christmas at Logan Circle chocolatier and coffee shop ACKC to learn more about what it is that makes her stay. Where Her Roots Are… I grew

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