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...
As more and more residents favor online purchases and trendy new retail areas snap up many of the remaining customers, various Northwest commercial districts need an extra boost to stay competitive. Those range from established destinations like Georgetown to...
Located at the crossroads between daycare and education, preschools have proved challenging to pin down in terms of appropriate regulatory requirements. The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education decided late last year that all preschool staff need...
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...
Neighbors along a stretch of 49th Street NW in Wesley Heights were growing increasingly concerned. A culvert pipe under the roadway frequently backed up, causing floodwaters to build up behind it. The road was deteriorating, and the D.C. Department...
Thanks to the outstanding investigative reporting of WAMU, which exposed the false graduations from Ballou High School, investigators have found that many other District high schools have given undeserving students diplomas. The main reason stated for the scandal is that...
When Jim Graham’s former constituents in Ward 1 look back on his 16 years on the D.C. Council, his insistence on responsive services surely ranks high in their memories. He was known to spend hours most mornings responding personally...
D.C.’s farmers markets are a valuable neighborhood amenity. They provide farm-fresh produce and other goods, and they serve as a venue for community-building. That public benefit is why the District doesn’t charge its usual public space permit fees to...
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...
Like most of his colleagues, Ward 5 D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie has heard many constituents complain about long-running issues involving the D.C. Department of Transportation: Roads and sidewalks that weren’t repaired, or that were repaired badly. Safety hazards...

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