While hearing some airplanes flying overhead has long been one of the costs associated with living near the Potomac River in parts of Northwest, wider swaths of the District have been feeling more effects from Reagan National Airport in…

Local officials like to present “green infrastructure” as a win-win solution to stormwater runoff. The term refers to a collection of solutions including permeable pavement and vegetated areas that, if done properly, can provide significant environmental benefits.
When rainwater hits…

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…

The District has invested heavily in the D.C. Public School system, seeking to improve education outcomes for struggling students. The city has also tried to help its adult residents succeed in the workforce.
But one important piece has been largely…

The District’s flourishing economy just got another welcome boost: last week’s announcement that Yelp will open an East Coast headquarters here in D.C. with an estimated 500 new employees. Notably, at least half of the new positions will be…

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…

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