DC DEVELOPMENT(S): COLUMBIA PLACE

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Another day, another development taking shape in the streets of DC. So many projects that have been humming along in the background for some time now are finally (almost) ready to make their debuts. One of the most striking and exciting developments that’s just about ready to hit the DC scene is Columbia Place. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because of how long the papers have been penning about this place and the wheels have been turning on this idea, it would seem it already exists. But no –– in fact, Columbia Place is just coming into its own. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): COLUMBIA PLACE

ARCHITECTURE IN MINIATURE: JOSHUA SMITH

Super-sized was the way of the past. People used to want bigger, bolder, louder. Today though, it seems the trend is moving in the other direction. Now, what is drawing people in is the cuteness of the miniature. You’ll notice it in the not-so-subtle obsession of Frenchies, a pint-sized dog breed so ugly that they’re endearing, or the ridiculous recipe videos popping up on your Facebook newsfeed for a “miniature” bowl of spaghetti and meatballs (cute, yes, but I’m going to need like 1,000 of those…). The trend has even found it’s way into the world of art, and by association architecture. Case in point is artist Joshua Smith, who has made a name for himself by creating miniaturized versions of intensely detailed buildings. ARCHITECTURE IN MINIATURE: JOSHUA SMITH

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

NOMA’S LATEST PARK PROJECTS: COMING SLOWLY, BUT SURELY

DC wouldn’t be DC without its perks – er, I mean parks. A bustling city is made greater by the greens that are within it, that’s just common knowledge. Even the diehard city slickers who like to pump their arms aggressively as they walk from meeting to meeting and pride themselves on scoffing at the use of Google Maps (it’s not that hard to just know your way around, guys), can admit through desperate chugs of caffeine: nature is a necessity. NOMA’S LATEST PARK PROJECTS: COMING SLOWLY, BUT SURELY

WHICH DC INSTAGRAMMERS DESERVE YOUR DOUBLE TAPS

Instagram is a constant reminder that I could, in fact, be cooler. Maybe if I just eat enough scrumptious looking brunches…

When Instagram isn’t taunting me with the fact that I’m not having a grand, far-flung adventure on a random Tuesday afternoon, or making me second guess my belief that yeah, leggings are pants, while simultaneously confirming that the amount of stretch clothing items have isn’t equal to their fashion credence, then it can actually be a wonderful thing. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s one of the best ways to get connected to the city and discover new things you want to explore, hidden gems you want to peruse, and things you want to consume. WHICH DC INSTAGRAMMERS DESERVE YOUR DOUBLE TAPS

LAST MINUTE SHOPPING: GIFTS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANY CITY SLICKER

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Ah, here we are again! The holiday season. No matter how many cookies I cram in during training season, it seems that the holidays still come far before I am ready. Usually, I’m just minding my business, trying to sing to Justin Bieber loud enough so that it doubles as therapy but discreetly enough that I don’t draw unwanted attention and then BAM, out of nowhere Jose Feliciano wants to wish me a merry Christmas from the bottom of his heart. And he does so way more times than I personally would deem necessary. LAST MINUTE SHOPPING: GIFTS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANY CITY SLICKER