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New digital trail highlights D.C.’s African-American civil rights history

The project has 100 sites, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and Barry Farm

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10 D.C. area towns worth visiting for fun day trips

Itching to get out of the city? Visit these charming towns.

Union Station in D.C.: The ultimate guide

Where to eat, where to shop, and what to know about the history behind it all

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17 military monuments, museums, and memorials in the D.C. area

Where to honor U.S. veterans and military members in and around the nation’s capital.

Planet Word museum to open downtown next spring

D.C.’s first-ever language arts museum will operate in the Franklin School building.

Jefferson Memorial to receive additional renovations thanks to $10M donation

The updates will include new sidewalks, bathrooms, and an underground museum.

Officials to present design concepts for Georgetown C&O Canal rehabilitation

A public meeting on a required environmental review is set for November 7.

Go-go is poised to become D.C.’s official music

Unanimously supported legislation would give the genre that status

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A history buff's guide to the D.C. area's best non-touristy sites

Don’t gloss over these extraordinary places.

Downtown call boxes transformed into sculptures of historic Washington women

They feature civil rights activists and a former publisher of the Washington Post.

D.C. asks for input on additional changes to its blueprint for urban growth

Public comment on Comprehensive Plan reforms runs for the next few months.

Major landscape architecture firms selected to help preserve the Tidal Basin

The popular basin and surrounding cherry trees face danger from rising sea levels.

Chinatown’s Friendship Archway will be renovated by next October

The city has awarded a roughly $425,000 contract for the project.

D.C.’s official development playbook moves forward with inclusive city goals

Other parts of the Comprehensive Plan will be updated in the coming months.

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The most famous cemeteries and graves in the D.C. area, mapped

See where noted authors, politicians, and others are buried.

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30 essential places to visit in D.C. right now

From lesser-known museums to some of the region’s finest parks

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D.C.’s 15 most haunted locations, mapped


Watergate office building where famous 1972 break-in occurred sells for $101.5M

The purchaser plans to add a museum dedicated to the Nixon-era event.

Historic Georgetown C&O Canal locks near completion of repairs

A ribbon cutting with local and federal officials is planned for September 12.

Blagden Alley festival will offer food, art, and retail September 14

Design firm Streetsense is organizing the free event in the historic district

City to share housing and development survey results at September 21 meeting

Urban planning officials are aiming to produce 36,000 new units by 2025.

Outside the White House, Pennsylvania Avenue NW is closed through next March

The closure stems from construction on a new White House fence.

Modernized MLK Library will have ground-level cafe and rooftop event space

D.C.’s library system is looking for an operator to offer workforce development

Dumbarton Oaks to get new greenhouses in campus improvement project

The project is intended to make the estate more energy-efficient and accessible

Historic Dumbarton House plans ‘Dolley Days’ weekend of special tours this month

The kid-friendly event is free and recalls the War of 1812

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D.C. Comprehensive Plan news

Plans for D.C.’s first-ever language-arts museum receive federal approval

Planet Word is expected to open at the historic Franklin School building in 2020

To expand affordable housing, D.C. should reform single-family zoning: analysis

Three-quarters of D.C.’s residential tax lots allow only single-family homes by right

D.C. Council approves development framework with emphasis on affordable housing

The updates to the city’s Comprehensive Plan contemplate racial equity as well

Planning commissioners warn against ‘over-programming’ Georgetown C&O Canal overhaul

The National Capital Planning Commission recently opined on the project

Watch the U.S. women’s soccer team play Sweden from the Apple Carnegie Library lawn

The game will be broadcast on large outdoor screens June 20

Takoma Park Library closes for four months beginning June 22

The library is getting various upgrades 10 years after its last major renovation

Plans for Hirshhorn Museum sculpture garden redesign receive key approvals

A public meeting on the project is expected in September

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s dinosaur hall to reopen Saturday

A new exhibit, "Deep Time," follows a $110 million renovation that took five years

Apple’s new D.C. store is a temple to commerce housed in an ‘excellent example of neoclassicism’

The historic Carnegie Library has been radically transformed into a glossy flagship for the tech company, with creative ambitions to boot

Survey: What kind of D.C. do you want to live in?

The District government wants to know as it prepares to revise the city’s Comprehensive Plan for development

A very old tree falls on the National Mall. Park Service officials are trying to save it.

The felled mulberry tree "predates the dedication of the Washington Monument," per the Park Service

National Building Museum gifted upwards of 3K miniature buildings

Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, the Washington Monument, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are in the collection

Washington Monument to reopen to visitors in August, National Park Service says

The discovery of "possibly contaminated soil" is pushing back the site’s reopening by several months