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The Martin Luther King Jr library has been serving District residents since 1972; in its halls are so much more than just books

The seven wonders of DC's central library

The Martin Luther King Jr. Library is filled with more than just books. With a little searching, residents can find historical artifacts, niche technologies, a comprehensive chronicle of the city’s history and more. 
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The 20 most beautiful blocks in DC

To truly know the city is to travel it in its entirely, perhaps even block by block. While this list is by no means exhaustive (and is certainly subjective), we think you can hardly go wrong with a fall stroll down any one of these attractive blocks.
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Ever wondered where DC's trees come from?

To grow the city’s tree canopy to 40 percent by 2032, Casey Trees bought the farm (or, rather, was given one). 
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DC's public aquarium now offers fishy birthday parties

Starting this summer, parents can host birthday parties among the fish, crabs and turtles at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Anacostia Park.    
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How green buildings build neighborhoods

DC, a leader in the green building movement, is getting more than just energy savings and good vibes from its green buildings.
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How to fix DC's downtown "playground desert"

D.C.'s fast-growing downtown neighborhoods have new restaurants, offices and apartments--but few playgrounds. With thousands of children expected to be born in the District in the next five years, where will they all play?
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Go take a hike--and more ways to enjoy Rock Creek Park this month

It borders 30 different countries. It's older than the National Park Service, which runs it. And it's twice as big as Central Park (take that, New York). Here's why you should make time to (re)discover Rock Creek Park this spring.
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8 development projects that will transform DC this year

Elevation DC highlights the city's most revolutionary projects, from tiny houses to big boxes. This time next year, the District's gonna look a lot different.
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What makes a great neighborhood? Our panel investigates

What does a great neighborhood need? Parks? Retail? Grocery stores? Elevation DC's panel discussion with former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams and other experts, in a space overlooking the Capitol Riverfront, aimed to figure that out.
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Natural light, non-"scary" stairways and a new maker space: what's on tap for MLK Library

As stakeholders narrow down options for renovating D.C.'s flagship library, forward-thinking ideas--like opening up previously inaccessible floors, a new auditorium, and a "fab lab"--emerge.
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Elevation Q&A: Jorge Bogantes Montero, Anacostia protector

Not many people know the Anacostia the way that Jorge Bogantes Montero does. As a natural resources specialist with the Anacostia Watershed Society, Montero is aware of the places where legacy pollutants form a troubled mix of dirty water.  But he has also found places along the shores where wild persimmon and pawpaw fruits can still be found dangling from the limbs of native trees each fall. 
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The incredible evolution of Congress Heights

Think you know Congress Heights? Think again. We examine where the neighborhood is heading and how residents are reacting to the possibilities of change and--yeah, it's that word again--gentrification.
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The $30 Tourist: Emus and other wildlife, by bicycle

In this new series, we investigate car-free day trips that can be done on the cheap. In the first installment, intrepid reporter Christina Sturdivant explores a new bikeshare program and bike trail that starts at the Baltimore-Washington airport—and gets more than she bargained for.
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