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Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 11/11/2011

A great deal for Maryland’s millionaires

The state’s tax policies hardly soak the rich.

By Todd Eberly  |  06:42 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 11/04/2011

D.C. is better off without the Redskins

Practice fields and a stadium would use a lot of space while offering little in return.

By David Alpert  |  01:33 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/03/2011

What ‘borrowing’ means to one Metro worker

What are several laptops, a generator and dozens of other items between friends?

By Aaron Morrissey  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Real-time bus tracking comes to Ride On

Alas, the system doesn’t let developers use the data in other applications.

By David Alpert  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/26/2011

WMATA should be a leader in transit planning

Do we really want to spend the years ahead building piecemeal rail lines and busways that don’t harmonize?

By David Alpert  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Arlington wins walkability gold

The county gets a gold rating for how easy it is to get around on foot.

By Dan Malouff  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Living with tourists

Yes, it’s right to be nice to them. But why is it so hard sometimes?

By Rob Pitingolo  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Georgetown restaurants still very independent

As of GM’s latest count, there are 126 restaurants in Georgetown. Of those, only 20 are part of a big chain

By Topher Mathews  |  01:09 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Gray, Brown, Brown and Orange?

We don’t know who’s going to win. But we do know who would push D.C.’s “color-names” leadership to new heights.

By David Alpert  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Readers’ most popular ideas for redistricting D.C.

Readers’ most popular recommendations for which areas should switch wards.

By David Alpert  |  05:37 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Capital Bikeshare expanding

Plan concentrates new stations in the core but still adds some key nodes in other neighborhoods in each ward

By David Alpert  |  12:53 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/06/2011

At-large candidates support term limits

Term limits prove popular among the candidates running in the D.C. Council special election.

By Martin Austermuhle  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Hope for Dumbarton Oaks Park

A new conservancy aims to restore the historic luster of the neglected parcel.

By Topher Mathews  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 04/01/2011

McDonnell tries again for WMATA seat

Governor tries to seize a board seat again. The legislature shouldn’t let him do it.

By David Alpert  |  04:44 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Saving NPR funding in Virginia

If Gov. McDonnell is worried about cash, it shouldn’t be too hard to find $4.2 million.

By Peter Galuszka  |  01:43 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Catania’s response to the S. Capitol St. shootings

David Catania unveils a comprehensive bill in response to last year’s South Capitol St. shootings.

By Martin Austermuhle  |  05:12 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/31/2011

‘LOVE’ at Dupont

The story behind the big white letters that have appeared in the circle.

By Aaron Morrissey  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/31/2011

A more walkable Wal-Mart in Ward 7

In Ward 7, the company should consider a win-win approach to bringing more people to its store.

By David Alpert  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Tysons needs real names

Fairfax’s proposed Metro station monikers won’t help to create urban neighborhoods.

By Dan Malouff  |  06:16 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Women: How comfortable do you feel biking?

What the percentage of cyclists who are women says about a region’s commuting culture.

By David Alpert  |  05:37 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Happy 50th birthday, 23rd Amendment!

50 years ago, D.C. gained a small sliver of the basic rights enjoyed by all Americans.

By Martin Austermuhle  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/29/2011

No Obama at Nats Opening Day

You won’t see a certain lanky southpaw on the hill for the first pitch. But you will get a free cap.

By Aaron Morrissey  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Life after SmarTrip

Will Metro’s next system be able to accommodate credit cards, mobile phones or employer ID cards?

By David Alpert  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 03/25/2011

What’s the real Ward 9?

Marion Barry says it’s Prince George’s. But what about Arlington, Montgomery and ... Denver?

By Dan Malouff  |  02:50 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Back to el-cheapo on Virginia textbooks

Virginia opts for a typically Virginia way to address the problem of inaccuracies.

By Peter Galuszka  |  01:26 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/25/2011

Do-it-yourself redistricting

D.C.’s Ward 2 needs to shrink and Wards 7 and 8 need to grow. A clickable map lets you redraw the lines.

By David Alpert  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Ward politics and the census

The data mean changes are coming to D.C.’s voting districts.

By Aaron Morrissey  |  05:58 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 03/23/2011

U.S. Park Police still hassling food trucks

Another strange run-in between U.S. Park Police and some D.C. food trucks.

By Aaron Morrissey  |  03:43 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Welcoming our EastBanc overlords

The company has put forward a design vision that respects Georgetown’s historic nature but boldly embraces modernism.

By Topher Mathews  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Metro’s nonrenewable asset

The system can’t afford to lose the confidence of the region’s transit activists.

By Rob Pitingolo  |  09:57 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/22/2011

What Weingarten gets right about M Street

There’s a good reason for the low speed limit on M Street. It’s the road design that’s a problem.

By David Alpert  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/21/2011

A lame case against the bag tax

Is that the best that Montgomery Council member Nancy Floreen can come up with?

By Keith Berner  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Will Dulles rail measure up?

How will the airport’s proposed station configurations compare to its European counterparts?

By David Alpert  |  03:17 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Mayor Gray’s budget survey

The curious timing could make you wonder if he really wants to know what you think.

By Martin Austermuhle  |  12:29 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/21/2011

All you can ride?

Why unlimited-ride Metro passes make sense. And why I’ll probably never get one.

By Rob Pitingolo  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/18/2011

What’s next for gay marriage in Md.?

Getting supporters back on the same page would be a good start.

By Aaron Morrissey  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/18/2011

The worst signs in Georgetown

The substantial ones generally follow the rules, but the cheap, ugly stuff often doesn’t.

By Topher Mathews  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Fewer candidates, way more money

With petition rulings out of the way, the race is set to pick up steam.

By Martin Austermuhle  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Neglecting Georgetown’s Irish forefathers

When will Georgetown University start taking proper care of the resting places of the area’s Irish forefathers?

By Topher Mathews  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Two visions of Rockville Pike

White Flint and Rockville plans are both improvements, but do they fit together?

By David Alpert  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 03/16/2011

A space-age future on Wallops Island?

As the shuttle program winds down, Wallops Island could become a major player in commercial launches.

By Peter Galuszka  |  05:14 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/16/2011

O’Malley is no Scott Walker

You wouldn’t know it from what public employees had to say at their Monday protest.

By Todd Eberly  |  11:18 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Del. Alston’s (ir)responsibility

Does a legislator owe allegiance to “what’s right” or to the clamor of constituents?

By Keith Berner  |  08:58 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Facebook vs. live comments on a library skybridge

Public hearing participants say yes, Facebook commenters say no.

By David Alpert  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/15/2011

New reactor still on track in Virginia

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster hasn’t affected Dominion Virginia Power’s plans for a new reactor in a low-level seismic zone.

By Peter Galuszka  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 03/15/2011

In-state tuition for undocumented students? Of course

Why it would be crazy not to offer in-state tuition to qualified undocumented students.

By Todd Eberly  |  10:22 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Increasing ‘livability’ in Northwest

Study calls for “bulb-outs,” roundabouts, speed cameras and “bicycle boulevards.”

By David Alpert  |  03:43 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Cupcakes at the Apple Store! Oh, wait ...

What else could generate such a crazy long line in Georgetown?

By Topher Mathews  |  01:04 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Montgomery schools vs. everyone else

The Montgomery schools need to do their part to help solve the county’s fiscal problems.

By Keith Berner  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 03/11/2011

A sad day for Maryland

The irony in the religious arguments used to stop same-sex marriage.

By Todd Eberly  |  06:05 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/11/2011

In Maryland, a time to lead

Will wavering Maryland lawmakers end up on the wrong side of history?

By Todd Eberly  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Google Transit still ‘very close’

The launch of Metro trip planning on Google Maps has been “very close” for an awfully long time.

By David Alpert  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Department stores for Georgetown

A smart way to make use of the Georgetown Park Mall.

By Dan Malouff  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/10/2011

No union rights? Virginians are used to it

Hey, Wisconsin government workers, welcome to life in the Old Dominion.

By Peter Galuszka  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 03/09/2011

The problem of BRT creep

One of the big problems with bus rapid transit is that it’s too easy to strip down.

By Dan Malouff  |  06:41 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local blog network

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Gray’s testy press conference

Kaya Henderson’s appointment is a big story, but there are a few other things going on, too.

By Martin Austermuhle  |  02:42 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Crunching the numbers at Hyde and Hardy

What the DCPS budget proposal says about Hyde and Hardy.

By Topher Mathews  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 03/08/2011

How happy is D.C.?

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index -- it’s a pretty fun way to kill a few minutes. So how does D.C. stack up?

By Aaron Morrissey  |  05:37 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/08/2011

When a good scandal turns bad

The backlash to missteps by public figures can lead to some bad policy decisions.

By David Alpert  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Maryland’s clash of the bag-tax proposals

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s measure is being proposed at the same time as similar legislation in the House of Delegates.

By Aaron Morrissey  |  05:51 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/07/2011

The Tea Party vs. smart growth

The Virginia Campaign for Liberty cries foul at responsible planning in Chesterfield County, Va.

By Peter Galuszka  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Dotted lines on Metro’s changing map

Coming around June 2012, based on Metro’s latest plans: The “Yellow and Orange Line service increase.”

By David Alpert  |  01:06 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/07/2011

A civics lesson for Maryland’s leaders

Same-sex marriage debate suggests they don’t know the difference between a direct democracy and representative republic.

By  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 03/04/2011

Whose defense job gets cut?

With the federal budget being hotly contested, one wonders how many job cuts, especially in the defense sector, will be made across the region and which politician will get blamed for them.

By Peter Galuszka  |  03:01 PM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/04/2011

An experiment in urbanism

Have you ever looked at a storefront that’s been empty a long time and wondered why it couldn’t be filled, at least temporarily, by a small local business?

By Dan Malouff  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 03/04/2011

Civil unions for all?

Maryland Del. Tiffany Alston’s proposal is just not the path we should be following.

By Todd Eberly  |  11:10 AM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Separate but equal in Maryland?

Civil Unions is not an altogether new solution. A hundred years ago we referred to such solutions as “separate but equal.”

By Todd Eberly  |  06:30 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 03/03/2011

The District’s fleet: Hardly fully loaded

WTOP analysis shows just how far Kwame Brown’s “fully loaded” SUV was out of line.

By Aaron Morrissey  |  03:48 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 03/03/2011

The war against non-cars

The Examiner unleashes a fusillades against transit, spending on transit, and the entire idea that people can happily live their lives primarily getting around using transit and on foot.

By David Alpert  |  01:40 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 03/03/2011

More cupcakes in Georgetown

Today another cupcakery enters the fierce Georgetown market: Sprinkles. It’s the first foreign import to the market; it comes from California.

By Topher Mathews  |  01:19 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Cheh to city workers: No more sweets for you

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh thinks that D.C. government employees (and the city's finances) could stand to benefit from a healthier working environment -- so yesterday morning, Cheh introduced legislation which would change what goes into nearly...

By Aaron Morrissey  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, public health

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Interfering with traffic?

Videographer Jay Mallin was outraged when Prince William County gave a man a ticket for "interfering with traffic" after he was hit trying to cross Route 1 in Woodbridge. He created this great video of how many of our suburban areas ignore the needs of people on foot:

By David Alpert  |  05:26 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Petition politics in D.C.

Interim D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle (D-At Large) filed a series of challenges to nominating petitions submitted by Bryan Weaver, Patrick Mara and Jacque Patterson late yesterday afternoon, setting in motion a process that may well find some or...

By Martin Austermuhle  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network

 

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