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.

Before the Bulldozers Come, the NC Native Plant Society Tries to Rescue the Plants (Indyweek)

6 Ways Affordable Housing Developers Are Fighting NIMBYism (Next 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)

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)

Remodeling Boom in DC Area Brings to Light Rich Veins of Old-Growth Lumber (Washington Post)

DC Birthing Center for Low Income Families Struggles to Attract Poor Clients (Washington Post)

In DC, 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)

DC 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)

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left (Indyweek)

Love Thy Neighbor: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on Race, Faith, and Resistance (The Sun)

What a Revived Poor People’s Campaign Needs to Do in the Trump Era (Yes! Magazine)

How Much Should I Share with the Poor? (Plough)

Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win (Yes! Magazine)

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

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

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

Urban Churches Face Black Flight (Christianity Today)

Can Old Churches Attract New Gentrifiers? (CityLab)

Moorish Scientists Struggled with Tainted Reputation Even Before Baton Rouge (Religion News Service)

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

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)

Why Have Banks Stopped Lending to Low-Income Americans? (Talk Poverty)

Boosters Argue the the Proposed East Coast Greenway Could Revitalize Forgotten NC Towns (Indyweek)

For Low-Income Residents, the Economic Benefits of Amazon’s New Wind Farm are Up in the Air (In These Times)

Cohousing’s Diversity Problem (CityLab)

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)

Cohousing Community for LGBT Seniors Coming to North Durham (Chapel Hill News/News and Observer)

Youth Employment Incubator Launches in Durham (Next City)

Have a Tree? Give a Fig (Indyweek)

How to Build a Successful Babysitting Cooperative (

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)