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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Maryland Legislators Call For Citizens United Reversal

Some legislators in Maryland are calling for Congress to pass a law overturning the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United, saying unlimited corporate money is warping the nature of politics.

Prince George's County Emergency Website Upgraded

Residents of Prince George's County can now register on a website to receive alerts via email, text and pagers in the event of emergencies or severe weather.

Metro Workers Charged In Coin-Stealing Scheme

Two Metro workers have been charged for systematically stealing tens of thousands of dollars from malfunctioning fare machines over the last several years.

Washington Monument Gets $7.5M Donation For Repairs

A billionaire philanthropist has stepped in with a $7.5 million donation to help repair the earthquake damage to the Washington Monument.

Fire At Federal Judge's House Believed Intentional

The house fire at the residence of a federal judge last month is believed to be intentionally set.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Door To Door: Hillbrook, D.C. And Elkridge, Md.

This week, we visit Hillbrook in Northeast D.C., and Elkridge in Howard County, Md.

From A to B: Can Bikeshare Work In The 'Burbs?

The suburban community of Columbia, Md. is weighing whether a bike sharing program will work in the heart of suburbia.

Frederick County Fights Over The "S" Word

Frederick County, Md. is weighing the rights of property owners versus the concerns of environmentalists as it ponders how to grow in the future.

Commuters Trade Time In Transit For A Taste Of Rural Life

The eastern panhandle of the Mountain State remains a popular place to live for many people who work in or near D.C., even as housing prices have dropped closer to the city.

Greenbelt Ponders A Suburban Experiment, 75 Years On

Greenbelt, Md. was one of America's very first suburbs. Designed and built as part of Roosevelt's New Deal, the town provided small but sturdy homes to middle-income families, and now today, the homes haven't changed too much.

D.C. Gigs: Helping Those On The Fringe In A Wealthy Suburb

In this month's D.C. Gigs, we visit a homeless shelter in one of the richest locales in the country.

Indian Immigrants Embrace Suburban Life In Loudoun County

Indian immigrants are flocking to Loudoun County, and transforming a once-rural corner of our region in to a booming, diverse suburb.

Military Might And The Spread Of Suburbia

Since the Civil War, the U.S. military's growth and the expansion of the D.C. suburbs have gone hand-in-hand.

This Week On Metro Connection: Suburbia

From Loudoun to Frederick to the West Virginia panhandle, we're all about Suburbia on this week's show.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Visiting Washington's Original "Streetcar Suburbs"

The communities that cropped up on D.C.'s outskirts during the late 1800s were "streetcar suburbs" - their growth driven by the horse-drawn trolleys that brought commuters to and fro every day, and Mount Pleasant was among the first of these neighborhoods.