Better know the District, part 4

This is my final week in Washington, D.C. — for now! — so it’s time for the fourth and last installment of my “Better know the District” posts. I haven’t had as much time to wander around the city lately, but I didn’t have to look far to find photos worth taking:

Stanton Park, Northeast D.C.

Georgetown after a rainstorm, where petals from the trees stuck everywhere like snow.

I just liked the colors and textures here. From uneven brick sidewalks to outdated police callboxes, D.C. streets are full of beautiful, worn-down things.


The Hill Center, near Eastern Market, Southeast D.C.

Tree branches, heavy with blossoms, hang over Capitol Hill sidewalks.

The Jefferson Memorial.

Houseboats and boats at the Southwest Waterfront — I had come early for the Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks after dark.

I’m going to miss this place.


Better know the District, part 3

We’re accelerating into spring here — slowly, after a few false starts. Here’s what D.C. has looked like from my perspective during the last dregs of winter:


Near Benning Road NE


Union Market, Northeast DC


Recycled water bottle chandelier in Union Market.


A foretaste of spring at Union Market.

Mar31Capitol view from L’Enfant Plaza.

Peace Fellowship Church in Northeast D.C.

The Bumper Jacksons, a ragtime-jazz-folk band, performing at the Our City Film Festival.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Palm Sunday.

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The Frederick Douglass house, Anacostia.

Anacostia — I just liked these garage doors.

Rooftop view at sunset on Captiol Hill. 

Better know the District, part 2


National Baptist Memorial Church and  All Souls Church, 16th Street NW

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A barber shop east of the Anacostia River.

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All the doors are different here.

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View from a Metro station.

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Yard art in Capitol Hill.


I guess this is where all those inauguration tote bags and sweatshirts end up. Florida Avenue NE. 


Long tunnels make me grateful for functioning Metro escalators.


St. Mary Mother of God Church (built in 1890), Chinatown.


Ai Weiwei exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum.


Dupont Circle — but these signs have been changed all over the city. I hope they stay that way.

Related: See my first Better know the District post.

Two weeks’ worth of interesting locals

One of the fun things I do at Washington Examiner is a feature called the “3-Minute Interview.” These are short Q&A interviews with interesting people in the D.C. area– from a banjo player to a veterinarian to an elementary school teacher.  They’re great interviewing practice.

Check out my 3-Minute Interviews from the past two weeks:

  • Randy Barrett, banjo player and president of the DC Bluegrass Union
  • Lia Seremetis, founder of a monthly bike gathering that rides around D.C. with music blasting and ends up at a local bar
  • Libby Bryant, vintage valentine collector (published on Valentine’s Day)
  • Jacqueline Simms, third-grade teacher who received a national $25,000 teaching award

I’ve also written these news articles for the Examiner recently:

Transportation group gives tentative OK on narrower D.C. roads, widened Virginia roads

Increased access to Washington Dulles International Airport, narrowed roads in the District and widened roads near Tysons Corner were among the proposals given initial approval by regional transportation planning officials Wednesday. …

First responders train in mental health

Officer Joseph Kirby regularly encounters people with mental health issues while on duty with the Alexandria police, and he uses training he received two years ago to recognize the signs of mental illness and to keep those encounters from escalating…

Poll: Only 6 states less religious than D.C. 

The District has the second-lowest percentage of “very religious” residents in the nation outside New England, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. …

4 songs about Washington, DC

I’m adding these songs to my playlist for the semester. Do you know of other DC-related songs? Share links in a comment below!

4. Breakdancing in Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC landmark:

Mad Sole, “A DC State of Mind”

3. Waiting for the bus in DC:

Rene Moffatt, “Route 42”

2. Heartbreak in DC:

The Postal Service, “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”

1. The catchiest DC song:

The Nighttime Adventure Society, “Washington, DC”
(led by my very talented former coworker, Laura)

Better know the District

I am learning to love this beautiful, powerful, lonely place. Here are a few glimpses of my first month in Washington, DC:

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Crossing into the National Mall on Inauguration Day.

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I walk as much as I can; these old, beautiful row houses are their own entertainment.

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Jazz at HR-57 on H Street. Our late-night snack from the bar: waffles and nutella.

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Rush Hour at Union Station. But really, most hours seem to be rush hours in DC.

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Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a media event to launch the new 1776 startup accelerator campus in downtown DC.

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Freedom Plaza.

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St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church.

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The ordered chaos of Capitol Hill Books.

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A church on River Road NW.

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Capitol Hill, at peace.

(Note: I stole the title of this post, of course, from The Colbert Report‘s “Better Know a District” series.)