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Are Mobile Urban Farms A Good Use Of Space In D.C.?

On a vacant three-acre patch of land in Southeast Washington, volunteers are building what will be the city's largest urban farm. It's designed in such a way that it can be uprooted and relocated to a new vacant lot when the current parcel is developed in the next few years.

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Along Car-Friendly Lee Highway, Residents Debate Density And Development

While Columbia Pike and Wilson Boulevard are being redeveloped with mixed-use buildings and dense urban development, Lee Highway remains a suburban part of Arlington County in the midst of change.
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Goethe-Institut Prepares To Shutter Its Longtime Chinatown Location

A rent squeeze is forcing the cultural institution away from its 7th Street home. The new space will provide a diminished service, says the Goethe-Institut's director.

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Why Does D.C. Have So Many Vacant Houses, When Real Estate Is So Pricey?

D.C. has more than 1,100 vacant buildings, many in some of the city's trendiest neighborhoods. Why don't property owners do something with the houses, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and why doesn't the city crack down?
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In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing?

The D.C. Housing Authority is renovating homes once used as public housing and selling them for top dollar — supposedly to fund public housing elsewhere. But housing advocates say the sales are government-sponsored gentrification.
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Rents At Takoma Park Building Help Spur Debate Over Maryland Tenant Protections

Rents at the 11-story Hampshire Tower Apartments now fall under the rules of Montgomery County, which are less protective than those of the city.

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Gentrification's Latest Victim? D.C.'s Historic Murals

What happens when a street mural featuring Marvin Gaye or Frederick Douglass, two of the city's most famous African American residents, is knocked down or covered up to make room for a shiny new apartment building? We explore D.C.'s disappearing historic murals and what they reveal about the city's changing neighborhood demographics.

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On Columbia Pike, Plan B is for Buses

With the vision of streetcars running up and down the five-mile corridor dead and buried, people on all sides of the debate  are anxious to see what county transportation officials will propose instead.

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Pepco-Exelon Merger Runs Into D.C. Regulators

This week, the District's Public Service Commission rejected a proposed deal between D.C. based Pepco Holdings and the Chicago energy giant Exelon. We explore what the decision means for the multibillion-dollar deal.

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After the Quake: Repairing DC's Monuments

Four years ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook our region and caused millions in damage. Particularly hard hit were two of DC's best known structures: the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. We speak with those involved in repairing the damage and a photographer who was able to shoot extraordinary images during the process.

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