Washington, DC

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What Exactly Is a 'Knee Defender'?

Turns out this product has actually been around since 2003.


The Best Cities for Green Commuters

Which areas have the most bikers, the most walkers, and the most public transit riders?

Sommer Mathis

Why Sometimes You Can Smell the Sewer Even Though You Mostly Can't

5 reasons you might get a sudden whiff of something unpleasant.


A Global View of Architectural Conservation: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.


Why Amtrak Keeps Breaking Ridership Records and Will Continue To Do So

The rail operator's recent success should end the debate over its privatization.

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Washington Redskins Now Known as the Washington Pigskins, to Some

For those who find the name offensive, an alternative.


The Secret to D.C.'s Budget Surplus? Traffic Cameras and Rich People Dying

Also, high per capita incomes and a booming population.

Obama vs. Romney: Who Has the Better Graffiti?

Predicting the outcome of the 2012 election with a highly scientific analysis of wall doodles.

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This House Consumes Less Net Energy Than Your Little Urban Studio

Meet the federal government's four-bed, three-bath, two-car garage, 2,700-square foot suburban net-zero home.

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This Is What a City Guide Should Look Like

A new website offers tours and information on Washington's urbanism.


Is Broadband for All Even Possible?

The District of Columbia is trying to bring high-speed internet to more of its residents. But it's much more complicated than anyone imagined.


You May Never Have to Circle the Block Looking for a Spot Again

With SpotHero, you can reserve a space in advance online.

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Where High-Growth Company Founders Start Out and Where They End Up

The flow of entrepreneurial talent and which metros are "producing," "exporting," "importing," and "consuming" it.

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.

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How Sports Teams Are Making Cities Greener

Leagues are taking an impressive range of innovative and cost-effective steps toward sustainability.


We Remember: September 11, Eleven Years Later

Private moments at public gatherings in New York and Washington.


The Next Major Real Estate Cycle: Walkable Urbanism?

How shifting demand could pull real estate developers (in cities and the suburbs) in a new direction over the next generation.

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Lessons From the Nation's Biggest Architectural Toy Collection

A 20th century American childhood, all in one room.

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Map of the Day: D.C. Internet on the Internet

Turns out the White House has one of the slower download speeds in the city.