THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL

For DC insiders, there’s a lot to this city –– there’s old and new architecture, an art scene, plenty of history, food and drinks to enjoy, culture abound, and so much more. To tourists, sometimes DC can seem less multidimensional –– they know our home for its monuments and cherry blossoms. And while yes, we’ve all seen the monuments, it’s safe to say there’s more to our city that meets they eye (or that goes in a tour book)…but that goes for the monuments, too. So what don’t you know about some of the cities most famous sights? You might be surprised. Here are some little-known facts about one of the most famous monuments here: The Lincoln Memorial. THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL

DC MAKES THE CUT AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST AMERICAN CITIES FOR URBAN PARKS

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A man selling ice cream…

Hopefully those two simple lines have sent you into a head-bobbing, joyful rendition of “Saturday in the Park,” a classic ode as to how amazing green escapes can be among city streets. If you’ve ever lived close to a park, you might be one of those people who swears by the ideal of “location, location, location.” Parks are where dogs (and people alike) can run around to get out some of their boundless energy. They’re where kites grace the skies and flowers bloom from the ground. They’re where you can go pretending you’re planning to run, only to decide last minute that you’re cool“just walking for today.” They’re certainly the sight of some ice-cream treats. And last, but certainly not least, they are a breath of fresh air and a place of respite from the day to day rumble that pushes us all along in the city. DC MAKES THE CUT AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST AMERICAN CITIES FOR URBAN PARKS

Stroll down the foyer and you come to the living room.  What can I say, it’s a room.  It’s nice-sized, with several large windows, and enough space for one of those huge sectional sofas that are more comfortable to sleep on than an actual bed.  What else?  There’s a little shelf on the wall.  You can stack all the cash you’re not paying towards rent anymore on the shelf.  Your friends will come over and be like, “why is there $75,000 in stacked hundreds on that bookshelf?”  (“That’s all the money I’m not paying on rent anymore, since I bought this place.  I’m stacking it on that shelf because my aunt forwarded me an e-mail about the Federal Reserve and now I don’t trust banks.”)  It’s a nice living room.

Stroll down the foyer and you come to the living room.  What can I say, it’s a room.  It’s nice-sized, with several large windows, and enough space for one of those huge sectional sofas that are more comfortable to sleep on than an actual bed.  What else?  There’s a little shelf on the wall.  You can stack all the cash you’re not paying towards rent anymore on the shelf.  Your friends will come over and be like, “why is there $75,000 in stacked hundreds on that bookshelf?”  (“That’s all the money I’m not paying on rent anymore, since I bought this place.  I’m stacking it on that shelf because my aunt forwarded me an e-mail about the Federal Reserve and now I don’t trust banks.”)  It’s a nice living room.

ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: BONSTRA HARESIGN

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Watching any town or city develop from the sidelines is amazing. Take a step back, and you’ll see time passing by as places evolve, neighborhoods gentrify, and skylines rise from the dirt. It’s a fascinating concept, and in today’s environment, it’s happening fast. Leave your neighborhood for a few years, and when you come back, you might recognize little more than the bones of your favorite spots. The city doesn’t do this on it’s own, though. Of course, there are masterminds hard at work behind every construction scene, mapping out the details and drawing up the next attraction. That’s one of the many reasons I love covering local architecture firms: showcasing the talent that’s so often hidden amongst the shadows. Today, I wanted to introduce Bonstra Haresign Architects. ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: BONSTRA HARESIGN

ON EXHIBITION: NAKED EYES, CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

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The summer mood is here, with DC’s patios in full swing, beers on tap, and vacations to the beach booked. Everyone’s happy (well, everyone will be happy, once it stops raining). But even though we’ve all been collectively aching for summer, it won’t be long before the drawn out whines of “I’m ready for summer” and “ I just want it to be warm out” will be replaced with the stifling realization that “ugh, it’s too hot out!” So, once you get over the replenishment of Vitamin D, it’s safe to say that you might be searching high and low for sunscreen or a fun way to escape summer’s sweat. What better way to stay cool (and cultured) then checking out an exhibit? ON EXHIBITION: NAKED EYES, CELEBRATION OF LIGHT