Before the tourists arrive

August 22, 2006
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The outdoor cafe at the Hirschorn Museum early on a Sunday morning. The Hirschorn is the Smithsonian’s museum of modern and contemporary art.


Let’s party!

August 10, 2006
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Many of Washington, D.C.’s row houses have been converted into apartments. For summer parties, an apartment with a balcony, however small, is a definite plus.


The staff of life

August 9, 2006
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At the neighborhood market whose flower stall you saw yesterday, you can also buy a wide variety of homemade breads, cakes, scones, and pastries.


Buying flowers

August 8, 2006
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One of the popular stalls at this neighborhood market sells a variety of flowers all summer long.


Cooling off

August 7, 2006
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The fire engine from the local firehouse is a popular feature with the children attending this annual neighborhood celebration in Arlington, Va.

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Water dance

August 5, 2006
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These children dance happily through one of the fountains in Market Commons, which I described on Thursday. These past few days, I’d happily have joined them. The temperature in Washington, D.C. has been as high as 100 F/38 C, and when you add in the humidity to arrive at the heat index (what it feels like) it’s been as high as 110 F/43 C.

Welcome to new Washington, DC city daily photo blogger John.


Plus ça change …

August 3, 2006
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Once upon a time, there were town centers with high streets full of shops and restaurants and people living in the flats above them, sometimes the shopkeepers and resturant owners, and sometimes not. Then there were strip malls and sprawling suburban shopping malls, and now there are town centers again. They are artifically created and known as “mixed-use development” in town planning parlance. This one, Market Common, in the Clarendon area of Arlington, Va., is very pleasant and a huge improvement on the dreary expanse of parking lots that used to occupy the area.