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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

AP Photo/Jens Meyer

The Legal Policy That Makes Collisions Especially Harrowing for Cyclists

In four states and the District of Columbia, the contributory negligence standard bars most injured bikers from compensation.

REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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.


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.


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.

(Sean Shanahan/Courtesy of Peapod)

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.