• Taking The Scenic Route

    May 14, 2012, Washington, DC: We don’t have all day, at least most of the time. And then there are days like Saturday when, well, we do. Do you take the scenic route then or do you mindlessly race from point A to B out of habit? Several years ago, a police officer stopped me

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  • Cycling Hains Point

    April 29, 2012, Washington, DC: Over by the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial is a long, narrow slice of land, an island actually, that juts south between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. Hains Point, home of East Potomac Park, is named after Peter Conover Hains, a major in the Army Corps of

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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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  • 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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  • Bright Images from a Full Weekend

    “What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.” -Edward Hopper April 8, 2012, Washington, DC: The sunlight was pervasive here this weekend. Reflecting off the water. Bouncing off a bicycle. Obstructing a baseball high in the air. Shining on our Easter Brunch. This weekend, we saw our hometown

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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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  • City Spaces, Wishful Thinking

    March 25, 2012, Washington, DC: Wouldn’t a bike lane through the trees look amazing here? Do you think that house would look even more charming painted yellow? What would improve that plaza over there? Picnic tables? Landscaping? A flower stand? There are lots of us out there, people always imagining something new. It’s a habit that

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  • Do You Live in a Stressful City?

    March 22, 2012, Washington, DC: I heard a story on the radio this morning that made me feel calm, cool and collected. It detailed a report out this week from Sperling’s Best Places revealing the nation’s most stressful cities. Immediately I assumed the Washington metro area, a region full of Type As and powerhouses, would

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  • Washington Through Rose-Colored Glasses

    March 19, 2012, Washington, DC: In Washington we are regularly blessed with an early spring that elbows its way in past winter without asking the cold whether it minds the interruption. That’s when word gets out and the crowds arrive, tourists and marathoners jamming their way into the city like the season itself, snapping photos

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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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  • Great Days, Great Falls

    March 15, 2012, Washington, DC: These are great days. Days when the water sprays up into our faces from a raging river below. Days spent walking with dogs. These are great days for trailrunning and biking and parking at Angler’s Inn just below the Maryland overlook at Great Falls only to find it packed like summer. That particular great

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  • A Toast to Daylight

    March 13, 2012, Washington, DC: We made it. We can stop racing daylight. Our evenings are suddenly brighter and so is our outlook. Our days are getting longer now, full of extended possibility. This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, especially here in Washington. In Washington, daylight doesn’t just bring the promise of a

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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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