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.

Speaking for the Trees of New Hampshire Ave.

DC’s street trees help absorb carbon, improve air and water quality, provide shade, reduce air conditioning costs, block winter winds and can reduce heating costs, and, some argue, offer psychological and aesthetic benefits as well. More than a third of DC is covered by tree canopy, including about 145,000 street trees. Here are a few that I’m lucky to see…

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Fire Drill Fridays

Jane Fonda came to D.C. for four months to “bring the climate emergency to the axis of power,” creating a movement she titled Fire Drill Fridays. Fonda was inspired by youth climate activists, including Greta Thunberg, and from reading Naomi Klein’s book On Fire: The Case for a Green New Deal, to use the interval before filming the…

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How You See DC

We asked you for your favorite DC shots from 2019, not knowing what to expect. And, we were delighted with the results! Your views of the District were as varied as our city — there are portraits and landscapes; black and white and color photos; images that are stadium huge and still life intimate. You…

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In Memorium

As the new decade is starting, we want to pause to remember those who have died over the past few years. There’s often both a private and a public component to memorializing the death of people who are well-known or in the news. Here are some public tributes created in D.C. to honor some of…

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The Tweets of Pennsylvania Avenue

Tweets dominate politics these days, but there was also a day a few years ago when tweets literally dominated Pennsylvania Avenue.

The tweets were printed down Pennsylvania Avenue during the night of May 17, 2012, and remained during most of the next day. Most people walked and drove by the tweets with no idea of…

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Do They Know It’s Krampus?

Have you grown tired of partridges in pear trees, Christmas stockings, Hallmark specials, and the other ho, ho, hum traditions of the holiday season? If so, why not consider an alternative celebration?

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