Washington, DC

DC Historic Preservation Office

Behold This Huge Interactive Map of D.C.'s Historic Buildings

It took the city’s office of historic preservation more than 15 years to make, covers 127,000 buildings, and it’s still not quite finished.

Library of Congress

In D.C., White Families Are on Average 81 Times Richer Than Black Ones

Other major cities aren’t much better.

Philippa Hughes

Encouraging Neighbors to See Eye to Eye

A creative placemaking project in Washington, D.C., puts residents’ faces front and center.

Mike Reddy

On Being Latina a Long Way From Home

Moving from L.A. to D.C. taught me a lot about losing and rebuilding my identity.

Mapbox/T.Tseng/Flickr/Katie Martin/CityLab

How the Half-Smoke Links a Changing D.C.

The iconic sausage is a delicious constant in a city in flux.

Wendover Productions

Why Are European Cities So Dense?

It’s not just because they’re old.

Blue Crow Media

A Map for Exploring D.C.'s Brutalist Landscape

From the concrete vaults of Harry Weese’s Metro to Gordon Bunshaft’s doughnut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum, there’s no lack of heroic architecture to see in the nation’s capital.

Orbital ATK

The Entire East Coast Could See a Rocket Launch This Sunday

The Orbital ATK rocket is carrying supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

How a Museum Reckons With Black Pain

The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture is at once triumphant and crushing.

Bebeto Matthews/AP

Do Charter Schools With Extreme Disciplinary Measures Cluster in Black Communities?

A CityLab analysis finds that some charter schools disproportionately suspend and expel students, especially in black neighborhoods.

Azimuth Land Craft

Does Washington, D.C., Need a Climate-Change Memorial?

This proposed monument would have rising seas slowly drown D.C.’s famous cherry trees.

Tanvi Misra/CityLab

On the Streets With a Newspaper Vendor Trying to Sell His Story

A walk with Robert Williams, who sells the Street Sense paper made by and for the homeless in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Will D.C.'s Housing Ever Be Affordable Again?

Over the next decade, the city’s demographics will change dramatically, and housing policy will largely determine who gets to stay.

The Atlantic

Living Off the Electrical Grid in the Middle of the City

Tired of steep electricity bills, one couple stopped power to their home in Washington, D.C., and made a drastic change.

Asbury Methodist Church

Can Old Churches Attract New Gentrifiers?

As Washington, D.C., fills up with a new professional class that’s affluent and mostly white, historically African-American congregations are struggling to stay relevant.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

How Can the Hospitals That Serve D.C.'s Poor Keep Up?

Even in a city with some of the best health-insurance coverage rates and a glut of medical facilities, residents just a few miles apart are projected to have vastly different lifespans.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Why Should Only the Wealthy Get Solar Panels?

Washington, D.C., has embarked on an aggressive clean-energy plan, but a big challenge will be making sure it doesn't worsen existing inequalities.

AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Where Books Are All But Nonexistent

In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.