Hometown D.C.: America’s Secret Music City

Nov 16, 2015
Washington is one of America’s compelling music cities. Like Green’s “secret city,” D.C. remains absent from far too many narratives about American music.

Update on Europe’s Migration Crisis

Oct 26, 2015
With Europe experiencing a migration crisis on a scale not seen since World War II, we spoke with Professor James Hollifield for an update on the situation.

From Collards to Kale: Redefining Washington’s West End

Oct 22, 2015
Washington, D.C. has lived through almost seven decades of gentrification, beginning with Georgetown in the 1940s and continuing until today when it is reaching Brookland and beyond. Much has been gained. Washington has become a safer, more interesting, and more vibrant city. However, as the story of the West End reveals, much has been lost.

Living Diversity: Documenting Arlington, Virginia Inclusive, Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities

Oct 07, 2015
Words and exhortations can inspire; to become calls to action they must embrace realizable visions of a new future. What, we may ask, would an “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” city look like? One answer emerges from the once “suburban” county of Arlington, Virginia across the river from Washington, D.C.

Performing Community: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Performing Arts

Sep 22, 2015
Dynamic cities have always produced vibrancy, but it doesn’t just happen. According to author Blair Ruble, it takes a plan built on a vision of community, diversity, and inclusion.
President Lyndon B Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Upholding Housing Discrimination Law

Jul 15, 2015
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias by ruling on Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, challenging race-neutral policies that have negative effects on minorities.

After Baltimore, we must see community as a process

Apr 30, 2015
"As time passes, Baltimore will find ways to move forward. Too many Baltimoreans are too committed to their city for the current status quo to remain invariable. To do so, though, community and neighborhoods have to engage a larger world rather than build existing walls ever higher,” writes Blair Ruble.

Cosmonauts Avenue Interview with Blair Ruble

Apr 06, 2015
Podcast conversation about the influence of the urban environment on Russian culture, touching on Leningrad/St. Petersburg's inner courtyards, the echoing memory-spaces of Vilnius, and the social implications of urban geography, all topics covered in my conversation with writer Mikhail Iossel.

Porgy & Bess at 80: Rethinking Russian Influence on American Culture

Mar 18, 2015
East European musical and theatrical masters arriving in the United States beginning in the 1890s immediately recognized and praised the contributions of African Americans to American culture.

University Park Community Solar LLC – the First Community Solar Power Initiative

Mar 16, 2015
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint the University Park community in Maryland established a solar power generation plant for member residents.