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Why Cities Have to Care About Native Plants

Across the U.S., groups are working to fend off invasive species by helping local ones take root.

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California Rises to 111 Degrees Warmer Than the Northeast

The West has broiled with incredible heat, while the East Coast looks forward to more snow.

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D.C. Is Packing on Huge Amounts of Impervious Surfaces

The city has added “1 million cubic meters of pavement, buildings, and the like every year for nearly three decades,” researchers say.

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A Guide to the Lesser-Known Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C.

An urban-forestry nonprofit has mapped the city’s gorgeous, but not-so-touristy, flowering trees.

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Your Groceries Could Meet You When You Step Off the Train

A pilot collaboration between the D.C. Metro and Peapod places pickup “pods” in three stations.

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Remaking High School for Immigrant Kids

In the suburbs of Washington, D.C., one school system has opened small campuses especially for recent immigrants.

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How to Ride the D.C. Streetcar

A friendly PSA from the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation.

Modern Mechanix

The Time Metal Thieves Hit the Top of the Washington Monument

Never put anything past a criminal with a desperate thirst for scrap.

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A Case for Homeless Shelter Networks as Basic Infrastructure

D.C.’s promising new plan would equitably distribute such facilities across the city and serve more residents.

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The Triumphant Return of the Chinatown Bus

Two years after a federal safety crackdown, the intercity option is carrying more passengers than ever.

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Mapping Snow Plow Activity in Washington, D.C.

Winter Storm Jonas has come and gone. Has your street recovered?

NASA

A NASA Supercomputer Has Simulated the Blizzard's Next Movements

An incredible data-crunching system predicts the storm’s future in incredible detail.

NWS

A Quick Guide to the U.S. East Coast Blizzard's Snow Accumulations

Forecasters say to expect up to 2 feet in places, especially around Washington, D.C.

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You Can't Achieve Vision Zero If Pedestrians Don't Come First

A friendly reminder to Washington, D.C.

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A U.S. Co-Working Space Aimed at the African Diaspora

Why I/O Spaces in Silver Spring, Maryland, decided to focus on professionals from the region’s large African population.

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What Do Drivers Really Think About Cyclists?

Not much, according to a new survey.

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Chicago Is Predicting Food Safety Violations. Why Aren't Other Cities?

A case study in applying data-based civic solutions to other places.

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A User's Guide to Amtrak's New Rewards System

America’s passenger train switches to a fare-based redemption program in 2016.