What’s your favorite #dcintersection?

What is the most unusual street corner in Tenleytown, Chevy Chase or Cleveland Park?


People walk by the Friendly Food Market at Half and O Streets SW, the night after the Washington National’s celebrated their first National League East title. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Where is the busiest corner in town? What neighborhood is made for the best people watching? Where does your favorite neighborhood character hang out? What street corner has your favorite hidden gem?

For the Post’s Intersections project, which runs in print Thursdays in the local section,  Post videographer A.J. Chavar and I are working to widen the breadth of neighborhoods featured in the Post. Each week, they venture to a different part of the city and report there for 90 minutes during the early evening. The goal is to glean a little bit of wisdom of the changing city through shoe-leather reporting. So far, we’ve observed the chasm between the euphoria at the Nats and the uncertainty of a neighborhood just steps away. We’ve met that violinist always playing in Georgetown. And we’ve gotten a sense of a community shaken to silence after seven people were shot on the corner of New York and North Capitol Streets NW.

In the next few weeks, there will be even more. By the time the project wraps up, the Post hopes to be able to build a map showing a telling tableau of the city, corner by corner, in words, photos and videos.

If you have a suggestion for a street corner that our team should head to next, leave a suggestion in the comments section below. Or you can send me an email at samuelsr@washpost.com. I’m also on Twitter: @newsbysamuels (We’ll give you a shout-out for the suggestion).

If you’re on Instagram, we’d love to see your favorite intersection through your eyes.  All you have to do is include the hashtag #dcintersection in your photo caption or comment to send your photos to us.  

Using the hashtag means that you have permission to send them to us ( you took them) and that you allow us to use the photos on washingtonpost.com, on our social media accounts or in print. Here are some tips for using Instagram:

How do I start using Instagram?

To use Instagram, you must have a smartphone for Android or iOS. Download the app, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up an account and start snapping photos.

Reminder: Include #dcintersection in the caption. More questions about the app? Check out the Instagram FAQ.

What if I don’t have a smartphone?

We recommend you check out The Washington Post’s Your Photos gallery and upload your photos directly there.

Have you done this before?

We started off with #econdebate, our first experiment in using Instagram to visualize what the economy looks like across the country. That project has transformed in the larger 2012 Unfiltered. Seasonally, we have done #leafscape for fall and #springscape for spring.

Can I find The Post on Instagram?

Yes! We’re @washingtonpost on Instagram. Follow us.

 

Related:

Intersections: Mr. Newsome’s neighborhood | Georgia Avenue and Newton Place NW

Intersections: Artist adds splotch of color to barren corner | Ninth Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW

Intersections: Violin Soundtrack | M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW

Intersections: Nats’ Neighbors | O and Half Streets SW

Intersections: Shootings and Silence | North Capitol and Patterson Streets NE

 

 

Robert Samuels writes for the Post’s social issues team. In Maryland, he focuses on issues affecting low-income children and families. He also covers life in the District.
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