My 3rd Capital TransPride, Washington, DC USA

My 3rd Capital TransPride, Washington, DC USA

As the subject line says. And as we predicted, the venues for Washington, DC’s Capital TransPride would get bigger and the rooms would get more full. We didn’t predict how big, though – 500% increase from last year.

The World: Learning to Love Better

New data from the Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) shows that of 2016 likely voters, 22 % of people know someone who is transgender, up from 17 % one year ago. This parallels the trajectory of acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals, with a higher slope on the curve. Continue reading→

Photo Friday: Keeping Historic Vermont Avenue Beautiful, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: Keeping Historic Vermont Avenue Beautiful, Washington, DC USA

This weeks’s photograph is (of course) taken in Washington, DC of local residents keeping one of the most historic streets in the United States beautiful. The photos were published in local DC blog Prince of Petworth (@PopVille), which ignited the curiosity of someone in neighboring Bloomingdale. It turns out that creating a gardening party requires … Continue reading Photo Friday: Keeping Historic Vermont Avenue Beautiful, Washington, DC USA

Exploring determinants of a healthy city with Ruben Castaneda and Brianne Nadeau, Washington, DC USA

Exploring determinants of a healthy city with Ruben Castaneda and Brianne Nadeau, Washington, DC USA

I was fortunate to meet the author of the very captivating book, S Street Rising (see my review of it here: Just Read: S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.), Ruben Castaneda (@RCastanedaWP) as well as Washington, DC’s Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeu (@BrianneKNadeau) in a discussion of the book, our history, and … Continue reading Exploring determinants of a healthy city with Ruben Castaneda and Brianne Nadeau, Washington, DC USA

Innovation, Respect, Safety, Beauty: Multistall gender neutral bathrooms at The Coupe DC

Innovation, Respect, Safety, Beauty: Multistall gender neutral bathrooms at The Coupe DC

There’s an architectural wonder in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC at The Coupe DC (@thecoupedc) – the bathroom. It’s a multi-stall, gender neutral arrangement. It’s respectful because it doesn’t require human beings to select a gender when they use it. It’s safer because it doesn’t segregate people identifying as male or female into … Continue reading Innovation, Respect, Safety, Beauty: Multistall gender neutral bathrooms at The Coupe DC

A few photos taken on the way to the future #SCOTUS #LoveMustWin #WalkingMeeting

A few photos taken on the way to the future #SCOTUS #LoveMustWin #WalkingMeeting

I normally walk to work through history, this time I walked to work through history being made, as the United States Supreme Court heard arguments for marriage equality.

In an awesome confluence of events and social movements, I was participating in a roundtable co-hosted by the American College of Sports Medicine (@ACSMNews) and the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy (@KPIHP) on creating a Call to Action on Making Physical Activity Assessment and Prescription a Standard of Medical Care. Of course that roundtable was going to have walking meetings, and we walked to the future, while talking about the future.

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Photo Friday: The Beauty of History: McMillan Sand Filtration Site, Washington, DC USA

Photo Friday: The Beauty of History: McMillan Sand Filtration Site, Washington, DC USA

I took this series of photographs in January on a personal tour of one of Washington, DC’s most iconic potential park sites, the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. I was reminded to post them here when I saw an article about the site in Archictect Magazine (@ArchitectMag) by Caroline Massie (@caroline_massie) that featured these in the … Continue reading Photo Friday: The Beauty of History: McMillan Sand Filtration Site, Washington, DC USA

Just Read: Dream City – the incredible story (and social determinants) of Washington, DC

Just Read: Dream City - the incredible story (and social determinants) of Washington, DC

This book is what I would call the climax of three books devoted to the history of (one of) the most important cities in the world, definitely the most important city in my world.

The other two, also reviewed here are Just Read: S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C. and Just Read: Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr..

It turns out, as almost everyone acknowledges, Washington, DC is not yet complete. It is in many ways a divided place, with limitations placed on its innovation and survival by our federal government. That’s the history that this book covers. If you live here or have ever lived here, I guarantee your pupils will dilate every other page, the stories are too incredible.

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