Photos by Brad Howell for the Washington Post.

So much has been built in Washington in recent years. Glass office buildings, luxury apartment towers and dozens of new restaurants and shops have sprung up in local neighborhoods from Reston to Oxon Hill and most everywhere in between.

Readers sometimes ask: Who is building all of this? And why?

In the Post Magazine this week we took a look at three of the people behind the cranes: Amer Hammour, Diane Hoskins and Marc Ratner. They aren’t household names but they are three of the drivers of Washington’s newest real estate boom. You may not know their faces, but you way well have seen their work

Check it out here.

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