ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES! 5 HOLIDAY COOKIES WORTH BAKING

When people exchange pleasantries and say that they’re so happy it’s the “Holiday Season,” or sheepishly excuse their heinously high credit card statement because “it’s the Giving Season,” it’s all I can do to not shake them instead of shake my head that they are missing the bigger picture. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and by association, the giving season. But, more (or most) importantly…it’s the cookie season! Can you think of one other time of year when cookies are in such abundance? ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES! 5 HOLIDAY COOKIES WORTH BAKING

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL

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DC is the memorial city. The name’s not inscribed on our coins or written anywhere of importance, but ask almost anyone; it’s common knowledge. Our lawns are overcome with odes to fallen soldiers, nods to great generals, and lasting pieces of art depicting heroes of times gone past. If you’ve been on the DC scene for a while, you might even take a stroll past the Lincoln Memorial or the Vietnam Wall for granted. But, if you take the time peer up into the eyes of America’s roots or run your hands along the Wall and take in the atrocities of where we have been and what we have lost, we might come to the agreement that the statue-esque aspects of this city are in the end, quite inspiring. And DC’s memorial game is far from over. In fact, some might say our city is just getting started. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL

NEW DC PLACES TO WINE & DINE (OR BEER & GRUB)

The holiday season is upon us, it’s true. And while the frenzy of sugary sweets, overzealous plates of food, gift giving, and fa-la-la-la-ing is no doubt wonderful, Winter can still rear its nasty head and make the city feel like a drab place to be. Fear not, though! There are plenty of new cozy atmospheres popping up around the city that have the potential to make complete and utter darkness at 6pm and sweater weather turned I-don’t-want-to-leave-the-house weather not so bad, after all. New places to eat can put the pep back in your step and the zest back in your life, winter cloud coverage be damned. NEW DC PLACES TO WINE & DINE (OR BEER & GRUB)

DC’S NEW STARTUP RESIDENCE PROGRAM

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Name a sector in the startup world, and DC’s all over it. We have people dabbling in drones, the foodie scene, non-profits, medicine, politics, and more. Still though, it’s with absolute certainty that I can say that startup life is tough. Finding the space, guts, and capital to find your footing in the business world is no small task, and the entrepreneurs, dreamers, and fearless go-getters need all the help they can get. Luckily, as a leading US city, DC is also innovative in how it helps give promising ideas the boost they need. I’m talking specifically about one of the city’s latest programs: STiR, the Startup in Residence program. DC’S NEW STARTUP RESIDENCE PROGRAM

ARCAID’S ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO AWARDS: FINDING THE BEST SNAPSHOTS OF BUILDINGS WORLDWIDE

We might all have different taste in design – some like the modern, sharp, and edgy lines while others like the homey, traditional, and historic. The debate for colorful vs. traditional will never be settled. But, the variety in design is what makes it so intriguing and necessary – it’s personal and unpredictable, all at once. Architecture is especially interesting because it’s where we do. I use the word “do” intentionally, of course, because it is all encompassing. It’s where we do the living, the working, the eating, the talking, the idea generating…we shape buildings and then they, it seems, shape us.

Despite how many beautiful architectural creations exist, however, they can be hard to document. Buildings can come off as cold or uninviting. Sharp lines can get lost when they meet gray skies. Something so inspiring in person can come off as drab once seen through the lens. Fear not, though. As with anything, there are people who are the exception. The bold few that can capture a building and do it justice. Architect photographers. ARCAID’S ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO AWARDS: FINDING THE BEST SNAPSHOTS OF BUILDINGS WORLDWIDE

COMMUTERS CAUGHT ON CAMERA: ARTWORK BY PETER FUNCH

If you live and work in the city – or live in the city and work on the outskirts – or vice versa, you have commuter stories. Or, put in other words, if the city is part of your commute, then your commute is more of an event than routine. You know that nothing is truly as predictable as it seems and that anything (but most likely some presidential shenanigans) could throw your whole morning into a tizzy. So, sometimes commuting can feel like more of an obstacle than anything else. And spilling your coffee one morning might seem like a total bummer, or missing your train could make you spew a few choice curse words…but could there be beauty in the commute, too? COMMUTERS CAUGHT ON CAMERA: ARTWORK BY PETER FUNCH

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): PARKSIDE IN WARD 7

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DC might get overshadowed by the go, go, go and bright lights of New York, or outshined by the contenders on the West Coast. Heck, the Windy City might even think they can blow by use now and again — but make no mistake: we are a big, happening city. And with big city britches, come big responsibilities – jobs to source, people to entertain, mouths to feed, developments to pursue. A lot of the times, on DC Development(s), I touch base on small projects dotted around the metro area – this post, though, is an exception. Because sometimes, big cities have big developments, and this, my friends, is one of them. The development has been deemed by BisNow as one of the “largest planned” in the DC area, CityInterests’ Parkside development in Ward 7. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): PARKSIDE IN WARD 7