This is one of the first posts from our Best of Washington feature, where we rank the very best people, places, and things to do in Washington. To read the whole list now, grab our July 2015 issue—available on newsstands or purchase the digital edition here—and come back to the website for more stories over the next few weeks.
Head to Greater Greater Washington—founded by Google product manager turned smart-growth champion David Alpert—on any given day and you might learn about a debate over bike lanes in College Park, the lack of playgrounds in downtown DC, or the history of streetcars in Northern Virginia. Ten minutes in, you’ll have what you need to carry on an intelligent cocktail-party chat about development and planning around Washington.
What really distinguishes Alpert’s operation is that it doesn’t just regurgitate or aggregate other coverage; it takes a deep dive into urban-planning policy, makes convincing arguments about the best ways for our area to progress, and—even with the wonkiness—makes for an enjoyable read.
This article appears in our July 2015 issue of Washingtonian.