In theory, D.C. taxpayers provide the funding necessary to stock a public school classroom with paper, pencils, books and other educational materials and supplies for students. But gaps do present themselves — frequently leaving teachers with undesirable options. As professionals,...
In 2015, Washington Post “Wonkblog” reporter Roberto Ferdman tried out the award-winning Wegmans supermarket. He looked carefully for downsides, but had few nits to pick. His article was ultimately titled “Why Wegmans really is the best supermarket in the...
The District has strong laws on the books regarding vacant and blighted properties — and for good reason. An abandoned building that’s been left to decay reduces the quality of life and the property values of the homes around...
About two-thirds of the people who work in the District live either in Maryland or Virginia. Unlike the 50 states, federal law does not allow the District government to tax these individuals even though they take advantage of many...
The District benefits from its ample acreage of public parkland, and trails through that space are an invaluable amenity for residents and visitors. They are a source of recreation away from the bustle of city life, and they can...
We’re now a couple of winters removed from a heavy snowfall, making it easy to forget the lasting impact a major storm can have on the District. But with colder weather not far away, we were glad to see...
In what’s often the height of the District’s muggy summer heat, our outdoor public pools have already begun to shut down for the year. The staggered closures began over the weekend and will continue through early September, with every...
A high school diploma is an invaluable achievement for a student coming from a struggling background. It’s official documentation that the graduate has met established standards, both by succeeding academically and by committing to an education with reliable school...
About 150 years ago, likely just before the start of the U.S. Civil War, workers installed a 30-inch-wide cast-iron water main in Northwest Washington, underneath what is now MacArthur Boulevard. Earlier this month, workers were back at the site —...
In a city with a surging population and no room to expand its roads, it’s a given that we need a strong public transportation system. And in a neighborhood that lacks a Metro station, it’s also a given that...

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