When talking about the budget, it’s easy to paint a misleading picture of certain line items. A common tactic is to point to increased spending in some area or other and call it record-breaking, the highest ever — even...
The District is filled with parkland, with a host of recreational amenities and natural settings available within the city limits. Our good fortune is underscored in an April report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park...
Whenever city officials discuss the progress of D.C. Public Schools, they’re bound to highlight the school system’s growing number of success stories — and to concede that many local schools are not up to par. This mix of stronger and...
Last month, American University elected its first black female Student Government president — junior Taylor Dumpson. Her victory received little attention at first; this outcome is hardly novel in 2017. But then came a ghastly response: Someone, not yet identified,...
As residents and investors renovate swaths of the District’s housing stock — particularly in dense, high-demand neighborhoods — dumpsters regularly sit on the street awaiting construction debris. In response to community requests, the D.C. Department of Transportation has introduced new...
Less than five years ago, The Current wrote that Van Ness was “the least-loved stretch of Connecticut Avenue.” We were covering a walking tour of the neighborhood led by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which was using the Ward...
At one point amid the recent federal budget negotiations, pundits were placing the risk of a government shutdown at 50-50. Historically, such situations have been disruptive to many D.C. residents and tourists — but amid last week’s fears that...
While the majority of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget proposal focuses on major spending priorities such as education, public safety and affordable housing, a minor-seeming provision in the companion legislation has also attracted attention. Billed by the Bowser administration as...
It’s all too easy for a struggling business to spiral downhill. Declining revenues force painful cost cuts that make the product less desirable, which further drives customers away — and the cycle continues. There’s reason for concern that the Washington...
Countless prosperous societies have been built on a foundation of oppression, with some classes of people forced to suffer for the betterment of others. And even long after conditions improve, the unjustly extracted benefits often remain in place. It’s certainly...

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