The Cairo in Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. has a pleasing combination of short buildings and thirty foot wide streets. This makes for a walkable city with good sight lines. It is all because of the Cairo, a 12 story apartment building opened in 1894. Though the height of fashion, the Cairo was highly criticized and led to a citywide 90 foot height limit for apartment buildings passed...

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Nigeria Won’t Issue Visas on Arrival for Africans

According to a report by The Associated Press, Nigeria has decided to not be a part of The African Union’s ongoing effort to encourage country’s to issue continent-wide visas on arrival. The Nigerian government recently announced from a retreat of representatives to the continent that it does not have plans to issue VOAs for all Africans. Nigeria Won’t...

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Snap Shows the Promise of Visual Search and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Digital trends in the consumer world, especially those centered on finding augmented reality a confusing thing or simply misunderstood , can be enhanced by enjoying this site. What impact will augmented reality have on our social world, business communications, and our meeting others? A good start would a site that explores this for you, weekly. Snap Shows the...

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Fixer Upper’s Chip & Joanna Gaines Reveal The REAL Reason They Ended Their Hit HGTV Series!

HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines stopped by the Today Show to reveal why they are walking away after the fifth season of Fixer Upper. Fans speculated that their marriage is in trouble but the couple revealed that the needs of their family are a priority. Their children are getting older and priorities change but their marriage remains solid. Fixer Upper’s...

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Soviet Embassy’s ‘Summer Camp’ House in Bluemont, Virginia

In the 1960s. the Soviet Embassy established a so-called vacation home for embassy employees that was an obvious spy house, located very close to a Nuclear bunker at Mount Weather. For some reason, the US didn’t oppose this and the site was mentioned in several Cold War histories. The Soviets no longer operate out of there but the site remains an enigma. Key...

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‘Better Homes and Gardens’ Test Garden in Des Moines, Iowa

Better Homes and Garden maintains a private display garden outside its corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. Despite its city locale and half block area, this private garden features several backyard models that are used for photographs in the magazine. This space will be open to the public from noon until 2pm through the end of September. Key Takeaways:There...

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For Decades, New York’s Chinatown Duped ‘Slum Tourists’ With Faked Danger and Depravity

Tourists have been going to Chinatown in New York City because they are fascinated by the danger in this area. It is a dupe, though, and they just keep falling for it. Chinatown is presented as a place of iniquity when it really isn’t as bad as all that but tourists would rather believe that so they can feel the thrill when they go there. For Decades,...

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Lines of Cremains at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France

It isn’t free for Parisians to add their ashes to the lines, but it’s a more affordable option for those who wish to be interred in the famous cemetery but don’t want to pay for a costly burial. It’s also a more eco friendly option. The cremains, which stripe a plot of land near the back of the cemetery, nurture and fertilize the grass as they integrate...

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The National Gallery’s Art Materials Collection in Washington, D.C.

The collection is impressive not only in its scope, but also for its institutional foresight. Nothing like this has been attempted in the past, and it will no doubt be a goldmine for conservation researchers in the decades and centuries ahead. The collection has already proved itself prescient, as numerous items are no longer in production, or they exist on...

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