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D.C. is often portrayed as a land of monuments and politicians. We want to show you something more. These are the stories that matter to us — about the city, its people, and the lives they lead — sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, often messy, but always interesting.

The Chinatown Arch

The Chinatown Arch has been under wraps the past few months, getting its 7,000 glazed tiles, 35,000 wooden pieces, 23-carat gold, and 272 painted dragons refurbished. The wrappings have just come off, revealing an arch that looks like a newer version of the arch that has towered over 7th and H St. since 1986

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Karen Ramsey, in memoriam

Karen Ramsey, our co-editor, photographer, and friend to so many in D.C., died on Monday. We are all still in shock, and there aren’t adequate words. Here are some of her photos that illustrate how Karen reached out and touched so many people. Karen showed up. All the time, everywhere. These next photos are just…

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