Welcome to this special edition of the Howard Extra, a comprehensive guide to our community. It includes important information on how to get around the area, where to shop, how to contact elected officials and where to go when you need help or you want to help.
   The Guide will be updated as new information becomes available and we welcome your feedback. E-mail TheGuide@washpost.com or call 202-334-4548. More information about this guide is in our editor's note.

Essay
If incorporated, Columbia would be the second-largest city in Maryland.
Jay Mathews: Schools
When picking a school, there's often more than one right answer.
Real Estate
Home buyers should prepare to pay more for coveted close-in neighborhoods.
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John Kelly's Washington
Most of the bridges that carry us over parts of our region are named things we recognize. Meet the people behind the spans.
Sports
Baseball has returned to the area. How will the Nationals stack up?

Graphics
Scenes and Sites
Washington's suburban communities are home to a wealth of nationally known attractions.
Traffic
Learn the language of area traffic.

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