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A Form Of Extortion Or Just Smart Planning? Va. Considers Limiting Proffers

The General Assembly has voted to rein in a system that makes demands on builders, but there are still pockets of resistance to the idea, especially in Northern Virginia.

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Bowser Unveils Plan To Close D.C. General Homeless Shelter By 2018

The troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General could close as soon as the winter of 2018 under a plan unveiled Tuesday by Mayor Muriel Bowser, with the roughly 280 families occupying it sent instead to "smaller, dignified facilities" located in neighborhoods across the city.
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Pop-ups, Parking, and Mom-and-Pop Shops: New Zoning Rules for the District

The term "zoning" puts many to sleep, but new rules in the District address hot-button issues: adding floors to row-houses, renting out English basements, and parking minimums for new apartment buildings. We consider how the regulations will affect local neighborhoods, and how they compare to nearby jurisdictions.

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Debating Use Of Federal Lands: Bureau Of Land Management Director Neil Kornze

The extremist group behind the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon has demanded that all federal land be "returned to the people." We explore the history of federal land management, how the 250 million acres overseen by the Bureau of Land Management are used, and why there's a vast cultural difference in how public land is viewed out West versus here on the East Coast.

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LISTEN: Apologies And Preparations In D.C. As Storm Heads In

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about D.C.'s reaction to a storm on Jan. 20, and how it set the table for the city's response to the weekend's incoming blizzard.

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D.C. Has A New Zoning Code. Here's How It Could Change The City's Look And Feel

After eight years, D.C. has approved changes to rules that govern how city land is used. Some say it's been a long time coming — the existing zoning code dates back to 1958, when D.C. was a vastly different place than it is today.
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Can 'Derelict' Franklin Square Park Revive? D.C. And The Park Service Have A Plan

Franklin Square Park looks largely the same as it did in 1935, and it's mostly deserted after business hours. The District of Columbia government and the National Park Service have a unique plan to co-manage the five-acre space after an $18 million upgrade.

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Beyond Green: Sustainability And The "Living Building" Challenge (Rebroadcast)

Kojo learns about our region's very first "Living Building" in Prince George's County, and finds out how the District's own plans for supergreen affordable homes and sustainable buildings could impact residents and the environment.

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Changing Alexandria Political Landscape May Influence West End Redevelopment

The willingness of Alexandria's Mayor-elect Allison Silberberg to stand up to developers has raised hopes that more affordable units might be squeezed out of redevelopment in the West End neighborhood.

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The Supreme Court Considers Affirmative Action As Campus Protests Over Racial Bias Continue

The Supreme Court hears arguments for and against affirmative action. And on campuses across the country, students protest over racial bias continue. Join us to discuss diversity on campus and the ongoing struggle for inclusion, community and trust.

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