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April 2021: The Pandemic Real Estate Boom

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Photo illustration by C.J. Burton; home photograph by Stacy Goldberg.

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How to Save the Cherry Blossoms

If nothing is done, the Tidal Basin and its cherry blossoms will be submerged in as little as 50 years. Rendering courtesy of James Corner Field Operations.

The Tidal Basin is sinking. The cherry trees are under water. Now preservationists have tapped landscape-architecture firms to plot out a rescue plan. By Daniella Byck.

The Millennial King of (TikTok) Real Estate

Heider, photographed on February 26 at Mike Tyson’s former estate in Bethesda. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Daniel Heider has turned himself into a selling machine of extravagant homes—and has become a star of mansion TikTok along the way. By Mimi Montgomery.

Who’s Who in Cannabis

Photo-illustration by Lauren Bublin.

Pot is a booming industry here, helmed by a surprisingly diverse roster of professionals (including a rabbi and an Olympic athlete). Here’s a facebook of the most influential people in the business. By Daniella Byck.

The Pandemic Real Estate Boom

Photo-Illustration by C.J. Burton.

When Covid hit, the consensus was that local real estate would tank. Today the housing market is the most frenzied it’s been in 15 years. Here’s how it happened and what it means for our region. By Marisa M. Kashino.


The National Cathedral tolls a bell 500 time in memory of the 500,000 Americans lost to Covid. Photo by Evy Mages

A Heavy Toll: Why National Cathedral’s bell-ringing tribute to Covid victims was so moving.

Wes is More: DC is a gold mine for people obsessed with Wes Anderson–ish imagery

Undertold Stories: A Black relative of Thomas Jefferson has launched a podcast about women of color in the DAR

Stitchy Situation: During the pandemic, young people around DC have been getting really into knitting

Big Picture: Inside a hidden alley pottery studio.


Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Interview: As his WAMU show comes to an end, Kojo Nnamdi looks back on his career and the city he’s wrestled with for decades. By Michael Schaffer.


West Virginia’s New River Gorge, now a national park, has long been a destination for hikers, rafters, and other adventure-seekers. Photograph courtesy of Adventures on the Gorge.

High Time: Why you should visit the newest national park, just five hours away in West Virginia.

Best Shape of Their Lives: People who have used quarantine to exercise more, eat better, and lose weight.

Taxing Questions: How potential new tax policies could impact you.

Ask an Expert: The umbrella that a meteorologist uses.


Plastic igloos, dining-room mannequins, and other scenes from the past year. Photographs of collages by Jeff Elkins with photographs by Scott Suchman , Evy Mages , Jeff Elkins and courtesy of restaurants.

Our Year of Pandemic Dining: How the local restaurant scene has changed—including the places we’ve lost, takeout meals we love, and what’s to come for restaurant design. By Ann Limpert.


The Briefing: Reston and Herndon: What’s new in the neighboring NoVa suburbs.

Top Mortgage Professionals: Some of the area’s best lenders.

Off the Market: The month’s luxury home sales.


Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where the Librarian of Congress went to her first baseball game. Photograph courtesy of Missouri State Archives.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on learning to love base­ball. As told by Sherri Dalphonse.