I’ve been working as a freelance journalist since 2008. I’d like to write solely on Big Topics, but most of the time I get curious about what’s around me and wind up narrowing my lens. I write about people, communities, poverty, and religion, but my real urge is to give space to voices that aren’t often heard and to figure out how we as a society can be fairer and kinder.

The Changing City

Using Preservation to Stop Gentrification Before It Starts (CityLab)

How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification (Yes! Magazine)

Converting Churches to Condos Brings Logistical, Social Challenges (Washington Post)


Urban Churches Face Black Flight (Christianity Today)

Can Old Churches Attract New Gentrifiers? (CityLab)

The Pastors Out to Save Millennials’ Souls (The Daily Beast)

The Last Scrap Yard in the District Closes to Make Room for Stadium (Washington Post)

Hanging out with the D Boys (Atticus Review)

A Life in Heavy Metal (Washington Post Magazine)

As the Florida Avenue Market’s Neighborhood Becomes Hip, Longtime Merchants are Squeezed Out (Washington Post)

What I Learned From Talking With My Neighbors About Gentrification (CityLab)

D.C. Birthing Center for Low Income Families Struggles to Attract Poor Clients (Washington Post)

In D.C., a Street’s Grit Gives Way to Glamour (New York Times)

Business is Booming for ‘The Other Food Trucks’ Too (Washington Post)

Northwest Funeral Homes Struggle to Survive (Washington Post)

D.C. Government, Nonprofits Help Low-Income Residents Achieve Homeownership (Washington Post)

Capital Melting Pot? Not When It Comes to Food (Boston Globe)

H Street Shuffled (Washington City Paper)

When the Rebar Hits the Road (Washington City Paper)

Other Topics

Evangelicals Overwhelmingly Support Trump. Not All of Them Support His Refugee Policies (Indyweek)

A Small Town’s Turnaround Could Teach Trump the Right Way to Spend the US Government’s Money (Quartz)

We Aren’t So Different–3 Steps to Approach Hate and Fear (Yes! Magazine)

Youth Employment Incubator Launches in Durham (Next City)

A New Crop of DC Churches Has Discovered the Secret to Appealing to Millennials (Washington Post)

How to Build a Successful Babysitting Cooperative (

She was Teaching Meditation to Inmates. Would it Help Them? (Washington Post Magazine)

Try This: Spend a Night at the Franciscan Monastery’s New Hermitage Retreat (Washington Post)

Go to the (Ex-) Mountain: Why the Dance Exchange’s Cassie Meador Walked 500 Miles (Washington City Paper)

Dancing with Lucius (Contact Quarterly Newsletter)

Work in Progress: What’s Wrong With D.C.’s Modern Dance Scene? (Washington City Paper)

For Violin Maker Howard Needham, a Rarefied World (Washington Post Magazine)

First Person Singular: Eric Bond, editor and publisher of the Takoma Voice (Washington Post)

Me and the Wild Beast (Geez Magazine)

Cruising L.A.’s Burgeoning Bike Scene, Traffic Be Darned (Washington Post)

Swedish Environmental Lessons (Christian Science Monitor)

Glut Food Store Marks 40 Lean Years of Cheap and Funky (Washington Post)

See Washington, D.C., Like a Local (Los Angeles Times)