Washington, DC

The Chesapeake Bay Is Turning Into Plastic Soup

Microplastics contaminate the water on a massive scale.

The Weekend's Best Gay Marriage-Themed Drink Specials

From Scalia's Tears to Ruth Bader Gin & Juice to the Pride Cocktail Tree.

Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work.

In D.C., Homeless Filmmakers Tell Stories from the Street

A local nonprofit is giving Washington’s homeless the tools to film their experiences.

Breathtaking Views of Restored Monuments Damaged By the D.C. Earthquake

Photographer Colin Winterbottom also captured the hard work of the crews responsible for building and maintaining the city's monuments.

Mapping Every City’s Most Scenic Routes, One Photo at a Time

The "Geotaggers' World Atlas" follows the path of Flickr images.

The Latest Sign of Bike-Share's Social Equity Problem

The share of Capital Bikeshare members making more than $100,000 is growing.

It's Always Cherry Blossom Season in These Exquisite Japanese Woodblock Prints

Summer festivals, fall foliage, and snow also make an appearance in this Library of Congress collection.

A Subway-Style Map of San Francisco's Historical Trains

It was created using a collection of 1937 railway timetables.

The Case for Driverless Trains, By the Numbers

In 8 revealing facts and figures, plus 3 charts.

Every UFO Sighting Since 1933, Mapped

This animated data viz reveals that aliens don't shy away from cities.

Glass Architecture Is Killing Millions of Migratory Birds

Architects, however, are becoming more attuned to the issue.

New York's Hugely Successful Late-Night Delivery Truck Program Is Heading to D.C.

More and more cities are realizing the benefits of off-hour deliveries.

The Laws That Shape Washington, D.C.'s Sidewalks

For instance, there's a reason why the city has so many tree-lined streets.

Marijuana Is Now Legal in D.C., But New Restrictive Rules Force Smokers to Stay Home

Smoking is outlawed in all public spaces, including inside private clubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants.

Why Don't Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

New programs aim to put more produce in corner stores in order to improve the health of low-income communities. Will it work?

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Some cities ignore the abuse, but others have found success engaging it head on.

NASA Builds a Nightmare Room of Solar Fire

A new exhibit throws viewers into the boiling plasma and eerie soundscape of the sun.

Mapping the Morning Rush Hour

In Nevada, you're likely to leave for work between midnight and 5 a.m.