Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. Could Allow People in Prison to Vote

One council member will propose that the nation’s capital become the first place to restore voting rights to people who are currently serving time in prison.

Washington, D.C. Considers Allowing Residents to Issue Parking Tickets

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Risk Assessments Used in Criminal Justice Systems Too Often Clouded By Bias, Report Says

A new report questions the widespread use of risk assessment tools. But one city says their system proves algorithms can be implemented fairly.

Making City Bureaucracy Less Bureaucratic With Better Forms

In Washington, D.C., the annual “Form-a-palooza” event confronts the confusion of government documents.

A ‘Resilience’ Plan That’s About Much More Than Climate Change

The District of Columbia’s first ever resilience strategy focuses on areas ranging from flooding to affordable housing.

The Uncertain Future of D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms

The cherry trees at the Tidal Basin look beautiful, but daily flooding at high tide and crumbling infrastructure are threatening their survival.

Fewer People Using Transit in the D.C. Area

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Get Off My Lawn

How a small group of activists (a correspondent from The Atlantic among them) got leaf blowers banned in the nation’s capital

Bike Share Continues to Have an Equity Problem

Washington, D.C made it a goal to place more bike stations in disadvantaged neighborhoods, but wealthier, white areas are favored while usage remains low in predominantly black wards.

Metros Should Focus on Attracting and Upskilling Workers in ‘Opportunity Industries’

There’s a difference between a good job, a promising job and other jobs, particularly for people without bachelor’s degrees, according to a recent Brookings report.

How D.C. Wants to Use Bike-Share Data to Improve Equity

The city already requires operators to share real-time information on vehicle availability.

D.C. Prepares to Launch Transportation as a Service

The city wants to boost for-hire vehicle occupancy rates, while also improving low-income residents’ access to transportation and reducing traffic congestion.

Washington, D.C., Brings Art to Its Recycling Trucks

The District of Columbia began debuting the newly wrapped trucks in July.

When Rivers Come to 'Greet' a City

An Iowa mayor and a D.C. city official reflect on flooding and other "resiliency" issues affecting their towns.

Universal Basic Income Could Help Poor D.C. Residents—But It’s Risky

The program could cost up to $9 billion a year and has the potential to put federal funding for other safety-net programs at risk, according to a policy analysis.

Cities Join the Branding Bonanza

The nation’s cities are among the many brands trying to promote themselves to innovators at SXSW.

SWAMP Act Would Use Bidding Process to Push Federal Agency HQs Outside D.C.

“There’s no reason why the Department of Agriculture has to be in the District of Columbia when it could be located in Indiana or another heartland state,” according to Indiana Congressman Luke Messer.