D.C.’s Hard Road to Safer Streets

As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results.

To Lower Maternal Mortality, One City Is Thinking Holistically About Women’s Health

Washington, D.C. is trying a variety of strategies to reach women before, during, and after their pregnancies.

Tech Giants Fight Digital Right-to-Repair Bills

The measures would require manufacturers to supply parts to independent repair shops.

D.C. City Council Considers End to ‘Gay Panic’ Legal Defense

Two bills would prohibit a legal defense for murders or attacks that relies on what many consider to be a discriminatory view of the LGBTQ community.

A 51st State? The District of Columbia Aims for Its Star

Washington, D.C. leaders made their case for statehood at the first U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the issue in 25 years, while Republicans raised concerns about corruption and fiscal stability.

D.C. Mayor Argues for Statehood Ahead of Congressional Hearing

“This is taxation without representation, in practice, in the capital of the free world,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

What to Do with All This Broken Stuff? Cities Aim to Help People Fix It

Across the country, municipalities are helping residents repair mendable belongings, keep material out of landfills and save money.

Scoot Aside E-Scooters, Rental Mopeds Are Zooming In

Cities involved in the pilot say the mopeds will provide an environmentally-friendly and affordable option for commuters. Some are worried about the safety implications, though.

Recalling Local Officials Is An ‘Intense, Scrappy Challenge’

In Washington D.C., an attempt to recall a city council member shows how difficult it is to organize this kind of campaign at a local level.

Ranking America's Small and Large Cities

Washington D.C. jumped six spots in this year's America's Best Cities rankings, which judge cities on 23 metrics sorted into six categories.

Washington, D.C. Could Allow People in Prison to Vote

One council member will propose that the nation’s capital become the first place to restore voting rights to people who are currently serving time in prison.

Washington, D.C. Considers Allowing Residents to Issue Parking Tickets

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Risk Assessments Used in Criminal Justice Systems Too Often Clouded By Bias, Report Says

A new report questions the widespread use of risk assessment tools. But one city says their system proves algorithms can be implemented fairly.

Making City Bureaucracy Less Bureaucratic With Better Forms

In Washington, D.C., the annual “Form-a-palooza” event confronts the confusion of government documents.

A ‘Resilience’ Plan That’s About Much More Than Climate Change

The District of Columbia’s first ever resilience strategy focuses on areas ranging from flooding to affordable housing.

The Uncertain Future of D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms

The cherry trees at the Tidal Basin look beautiful, but daily flooding at high tide and crumbling infrastructure are threatening their survival.

Fewer People Using Transit in the D.C. Area

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Get Off My Lawn

How a small group of activists (a correspondent from The Atlantic among them) got leaf blowers banned in the nation’s capital

Bike Share Continues to Have an Equity Problem

Washington, D.C made it a goal to place more bike stations in disadvantaged neighborhoods, but wealthier, white areas are favored while usage remains low in predominantly black wards.

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