The top Capital Business stories of 2013

The list of the most popular Capital Business stories of 2013 is a good reflection of the mix of stories we aim to bring our readers each week: One is an exclusive breaking news story about a major local employer, some are feature pieces that explain an important trend shaping our community, and another is a fun tidbit about a Hollywood actress making waves in our backyard.

We plan to keep delivering that depth and variety of coverage in 2014. In the meantime, here are the Capital Business stories that drew the most online readers in 2013.

5. “As D.C. area developers gobble up land, Metro system poised to become more overwhelmed.” There’s been a building renaissance in the Washington region, with new offices being planned or built from Reston to New Carrollton. But these projects, often located close to Metro stops, are poised to add thousands of riders to an already beleaguered public transport system.

4. “At region's law schools, a struggle to get students.” Enrollment of first-year students at law schools nationwide has been decreasing for three years. In this story, reporter Catherine Ho explores how that trend is taking shape at Georgetown, George Washington and George Mason universities.

3. “The Washington Post explores the sale of its downtown headquarters.” The newspaper decided earlier this year to consider relocating from its storied headquarters on 15th Street NW to a space that was better suited to the company’s needs. It has since been announced that the building is to be sold to Carr Properties for $159 million. The Post, now under the leadership of Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, has not yet announced where its new offices will be.

2. “How LinkedIn has changed the way you might get your next job.” Like nearly every other industry, the recruitment business is being dramatically transformed by social media and big data. There is perhaps no better example of this than LinkedIn, the fast-growing professional network with nearly 260 million members. This story illuminates why that change matters to nearly every worker: It means human resources professionals are hunting for you, even if you’re not looking for a new job.

1. “'Veep' star’s comment prompts a Twitter campaign from Columbia residents.” When actress Julia Louis Dreyfus made a comment that sounded like she might be trashing the Howard County town where her HBO show is filmed, residents took to Twitter to tout the strengths of their hometown. Dreyfus eventually clarified her remarks to say she was saying the warehouse in which they filmed was “like a prison,” not the town.

Sarah Halzack is The Washington Post's national retail reporter. She has previously covered the local job market and the business of talent and hiring. She has also served as a Web producer for business and economic news.

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