• A Breathable Street on a New York Morning

    October 21, 2012, New York: I love mornings in New York, especially after arriving here at night and in traffic. In the early morning, Manhattan’s streets are again breathable and streams of sunlight barrel between buildings onto this city island. Runners dodge down near empty avenues while there’s still room. Night owls in pajamas slowly

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  • A Walk Back In Time Through DC’s Chinatown

    I’ve visited DC’s Chinatown dozens of times — for games at the Verizon Center, movies at Gallery Place, and meals along that congested strip of 7th St. — but I’d never seen it quite like I did last Thursday when I took a walk back in time with DC resident Easten Law. Easten has a

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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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  • Portrait of Home: Sunday Morning

    September 2, 2012, Washington, DC: Sunday morning. Labor day weekend. Time to put our feet up and finish a book, buy fresh tomatoes and greens around the corner at Eastern Market, get the bike repaired, go for a run on a still too humid September morning. This is what home looks like these days, morning

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  • A City Goes Out For Recess

    August 18, 2012, Washington, DC: The river was remarkably quiet Friday given the stunning weather. The beach volleyball courts between the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center were empty, the splash park in Georgetown enjoyed by only a happy few. The bike trail west along the canal was green and shaded and breezy, noticeably absent

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  • The Navy Yard Reshena Knew

    Photo Credit: Jacqueline Dupree August 15, 2012, Washington, DC: So often our neighborhoods are the settings for wonderful stories. They are places where we come to appreciate simple things like the comforts of home and the traditions of families, the value of community and the rhythms of our hometowns. But our neighborhoods are also complex landscapes that evoke

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  • Race, Gentrification and the Keys to the Corridor

    August 10, 2012, Washington, DC: Heavy topics, yes. But Rick Skinner will tell you a thing or two about Washington if you’re not afraid to listen. He will tell you that Howard University holds the keys to the corridor, that elderly black women are the keepers of DC’s history, that he himself is a part of the

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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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  • Fluid Roots, Pacific Style

    July 31, 2012, Washington, DC: Growing up along the edges of the Pacific Ocean, Joana Stillwell moved around so much as a child she used to think she didn’t have a hometown. Now she’s certain she has many. The realization came this summer, fresh out of college and selected to participate in a global mentorship

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nomads with an ‘S’ (That Means You)

    July 14, 2012, Washington, DC: Hello again. It’s a fresh new day on the blog and I wanted to share with you some of the changes underway here at Neighborhood Nomads. For starters, you may have noticed you’ve arrived at a new URL, no matter which route you took to get here. You’ve arrived at www.neighborhoodnomads.com. Plain, simple,

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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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  • Miles From One Year Ago…

    In June 2011, I embarked on a year-long project that would bring me back to each of my hometowns to learn more about the places I’d lived. There were many that had shaped me — from Montreal and Toronto to San Francisco and New York — and I wanted to get a good feel for their

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