Latest from Roger K. Lewis

Following pandemic, converting office buildings into housing may become new ‘normal’

But such alterations for home living face significant challenges in design, technology, regulations, and costs and financing.
  • Apr 3, 2021

Why Metrorail is more than just a piece of transportation infrastructure

The transit system is vital economically and even culturally for the Washington region. Here’s why it needs financial help.
  • Jan 28, 2021

Builders see Maryland project as future of telecommuting, post-pandemic housing

The Hub at La Plata would be a compact, walkable community where residents could telework, avoiding long and daily commutes to jobs.
  • Aug 7, 2020

Your home could be helping or harming your mental state during quarantine

The density, dwelling size and design, and interior and exterior amenities can greatly influence your feelings and ability to cope.
  • Jun 4, 2020

After pandemic, safe and sound affordable housing needs to be addressed

Many poor and minority Americans will not escape poverty or the coronavirus without access to such homes in stable neighborhoods.
  • Apr 24, 2020

If your house is designated historic, don’t plan on installing rooftop solar panels

You’ll probably face preservation rules that restrict or ban such technology because of visual or other reasons.
  • Feb 13, 2020

Why trees aren’t just colorful fall features for our region’s neighborhoods

The perennial plants are vital to the Washington area’s residential, environmental and economic health.
  • Oct 25, 2019

Despite recent efforts, many obstacles to fixing the affordable housing problem

Little political support exists for taxation needed to effectively address and solve the issue.
  • Sep 13, 2019

Reality is going to stall for some time the advent of driverless cars

Such vehicles need to safely operate while facing poor road conditions, complex street networks and unpredictable human nature.
  • Aug 2, 2019

Yes, D.C.’s a world-class city — but it’s really only affordable to people with world-class incomes

For low-income families, there are ways to ease the cost-of-living crunch in greater Washington: Subsidies.
  • Jun 19, 2019