The Lost Archive

Ray Honda’s photos offer a glimpse of D.C. in the middle of the 20th century.

Amateur photographer Ray Honda captured D.C. in the mid-20th century. After his death, writer Robert Girardi saved the images he could after they ended up in a dumpster.

D.C.’s Hidden Flood Risk Is in Areas Far From Bodies of Water

The DC Flood Task Force hopes to solve this problem by creating a flood risk model that identifies where flooding occurs in D.C.’s interior.

The DC Flood Task Force hopes to better inform residents by creating a flood risk model that identifies where flooding occurs in D.C.’s interior.

Lt. Shane Lamond Previously Disciplined For “Erroneous” Belief That MPD Would Pay Him for Off-Duty Work

Then-Chief Cathy Lanier found part of Lamond’s explanation “not credible” but reduced his discipline anyway.

D.C. Police Lieutenant Shane Lamond has attracted the attention of the department’s internal investigators at least three times in the past seven years. Most recently, the 22-year veteran of the force was suspended for alleged improper communication with the right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys. The investigation, which involves the Metropolitan Police Department and the…

Hundreds Gather at Supreme Court Following Decision to Trample Reproductive Rights

“I’m 56. I can’t believe I’m still marching for this shit.”

By 2 p.m. Friday, at least 500 people gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court, and within an hour the crowd had grown to more than 1,000. They said they came out of anger, and out of despair. But ultimately, many people gathered because, after the Supreme Court officially ended the constitutional right to abortion in…

How City Desk Reporters Found Their Niche

The beat took reporters to wild and warry places.

City Desk is not a desk job. Never mind that I never actually had a desk in City Paper offices (they’d moved out of the space on 15th Street NW at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic before I came on board in 2021). The beat takes you from migrant safe houses and street demonstrations…

Excluded Workers Still Excluded From Bowser’s Budget

Advocates are asking the Council to allocate $160 million for workers left out of federal aid programs.

One day before the D.C. Council’s budget work session, and weeks before the Council votes on the fiscal year 2023 budget, the fight for funds is on. The DC Excluded Worker Coalition is facing an uphill battle. In her fiscal year 2022 budget, Mayor Muriel Bowser initially allocated $15 million for the District’s excluded workers—substantially…

El proyecto de ley otorgaría a las empleadas domésticas de D.C. derechos y protecciones legales.

La Declaración de derechos de las empleadas domésticas de D.C. cuenta con el apoyo de nueve concejales.

Durante años, las niñeras, las cuidadoras a domicilio, las encargadas de limpieza y otras personas que trabajan en entornos domésticos han salido a la calle y a las casas y oficinas de los concejales para exigir derechos básicos como la protección contra la discriminación y la explotación en el trabajo. A principios del año pasado,…

Parents and Advocates Renew Calls for a Shaw Middle School

Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn is “luke warm” on a stand-alone middle school.

Parents and education advocates renewed yearslong calls for a new middle school to serve students in Shaw and surrounding neighborhoods during a D.C. Council public roundtable yesterday. They said families were pulling their kids out of D.C. Public Schools and enrolling them in charter or private schools because of the perceived lack of quality middle…


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