A Guide to the Answers You Need

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Help! You often need it but don't know exactly where to find it. Which city agency offers the assistance you're looking for? Which Advisory Neighborhood Commission district do you live in? Where can you get a SmarTrip card? What are the best places in the city to entertain your kids? What's the real estate situation in your part of town? Where are the outdoor swimming pools? What advice can your fellow Washingtonians offer about living here?

Often, you'd have to go to a different source for each of your concerns. And some of the topics require expertise that you can't find just anywhere. That's why we've gathered the answers to many questions in one easy-to-use, portable source that you can hold on to all year: The Guide for 2008.

Whether it's whom to call for cable service, where to go for a special brunch or how to reach your D.C. Council member, our staff has collected helpful information for you.

And, this year, we asked D.C. residents to share their experiences and their enthusiasm for living in the city. (Excerpts from dozens of essays begin on Page 28.)

We hope you find The Guide helpful and handy.

Joyce Jones Editor, District Extra

Suggestions are welcome. Reach us at 202-334-6005 orhttp://theguide@washpost.com.

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