Washington, DC

Life Along Route 1 in the 1940s

What one photographer discovered documenting life between the Nation's Capital and the Mason Dixon Line.

A Website That Wants to Help Republicans Win in Cities

A party without much urban infrastructure starts thinking about the future, from council races on up.

Cities, Mapped by Their Snow Routes

Street grids of necessity.

A 'Catastrophic' Ice Storm Makes Its Way Across the South

This monstrous weather system is set to make history with the potential to knock out power for a week.

How CVS's Decision to Stop Selling Cigarettes Helps Small Businesses

Liquor stores and other independent retailers are set to profit off of the chain's move.

A Detailed Map of the Net Migration Flows for Every U.S. County

People are leaving Minneapolis for Florida, Detroit for the suburbs, and Washington for New York.

Yes, Rent Is Rising Much Faster in America's Tech Hubs

But Internet companies and their high-paid web developers are only part of the story.

Why Telecommuting Really Matters, in 6 Charts

And what its rise means for urban transportation systems moving forward.

This Super Useful App Wants to Change How We Get Around Cities

"Every safe, legal, and reliable way that's out there, we want to bring to you in the palm of your hand."

The Map That Reveals 5,900 Natural Gas Leaks Under Washington, D.C.

Researchers say a dozen of them are bad enough to cause explosions.

Say Hello to Your Newest Urban Animal: the Snowy Owl

The fluffy-white hunters are everywhere this year, from New York to Baltimore all the way down to Florida.

Beefing Up Population Density Won't Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new map showing the carbon footprint for nearly every zip code indicates that suburbs are powerful greenhouse-gas emitters.

Should Cities Ditch Their Mayoral Mansions?

This outdated tradition may cause new mayors more headaches than its worth.

A D.C. Bus That's 7 Minutes Late Is Still Technically 'On Time'

More proof that 'on-time' performance metrics don't actually tell us very much.

The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

Why So Many Rich Counties Are Concentrated Around D.C.

Parts of California and New York are much richer than Washington, but they often belong to larger counties that include areas with poorer residents.

Why Some Communities Police Themselves, While Others Don't

Familiarity and social ties influence our decision to intervene on behalf of others. 

Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

Alongside every other building in Washington, D.C.