• Saturdays in the City

    April 13, 2013, New York: Early on in high school, my art teacher started taking groups of us on outings known as Saturdays in the City. Every month or two, we’d take a train trip into Manhattan to go to an art exhibit, walk around New York, and head out to lunch. They were easy

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Bottom Line on the High Line

    “If the future is going to be greener, then it must be more urban. Dense cities offer a means of living that involves less driving and smaller homes to heat and cool. Maybe someday we’ll be able to drive and cool our homes with almost no carbon emissions, but until then, there is nothing greener

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  • A Neighborhood Valentine

    “Neighborhood is a word that has come to sound like Valentine. As a sentimental concept, “neighborhood” is harmful to city planning. It leads to attempts at warping city life into imitations of town or suburban life. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense.” -Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American

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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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  • Sydney, My Love

    February 4, 2012, Washington, DC: I have a hunch Sydney would appeal to my grown up self even more than it did to my college self. I’m certain one weekend spent in Sydney more than a decade ago was insufficient. I’m convinced it’s a place near perfect for the person I am today. If today’s me

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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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  • Stories From Greene Avenue

    “I want to paint Montreal as a rather fantastic city, which it was, because nobody knows today what it was like. And I’m one of the last survivors, or rapidly becoming one.” – Christopher Plummer, actor December 28, 2011, Montreal: Nick’s Restaurant has been a staple on Greene Avenue since Nick Alevisatos first arrived in Montreal from Greece in 1920. At Nick’s place

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Charlotte of Charleston

    December 12, 2011: Washington, DC: Charlotte and I first became friends at Hampton Pool in Maryland in 1984. We were summertime friends first, classmates second, and have remained lifelong friends ever since. Charlotte is now a photographer living in Charleston, SC. In addition to photographing weddings, (including ours!), she is a true neighborhood nomad. Photography is

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  • The City That Never Was

    December 11, 2011, Washington, DC: An exhibit now on display at the National Building Museum (above) reveals how this side of the city where we live could have been different. Instead of the U.S. Capitol anchoring national attractions at the easternmost end of the Mall, federal buildings and museums could have extended along an East Mall

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Christy and Laurie of Linden Hills

    December 7, 2011, Washington, DC: The emails started rolling in from my aunt Christy the moment she heard about Neighborhood Nomad. She had so much to say about her Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills. Christy described receiving soup from her neighbors on sick days and watching summertime movies projected at the rec center or on

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  • Holiday House Tour: Logan Circle

    December 4, 2011, Washington, DC: Logan Circle is a fantastic and historic neighborhood in northwest Washington just east of Dupont Circle. Older gay couples, young single professionals and families alike call this part of the city home; so do an increasing number of businesses and impressive restaurants springing up along the neighborhood’s 14th St. corridor as

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