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Sizzling in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Adams Morgan. Photo by ctj71081.


Photo by Joe Flood.


MLK Library. Photo by washingtonydc.


Arlington County fair. Photo by Dennis Dimick.


H Street. Photo by Ted Eytan.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 90

On Tuesday, we featured the ninetieth challenge to see how well you knew the Metro system. Here are the answers. How'd you do?

This week, we got 27 guesses. Nine of you got all five. Great work, Peter K, J-Train-21, Stephen C, Solomon, AlexC, JamesDCane, dpod, Travis Maiers, and We Will Crush Peter K!


Image 1: L'Enfant Plaza

The first image features a Metro pylon directing passengers to the western entrance to L'Enfant Plaza. This entrance is inside the L'Enfant Plaza shopping concourse, and isn't the easiest to find from the street. This pylon bridges the gap between the traditional M-capped pylon on D Street and the mall entrance.

The main clues for this image are the brutalist buildings in the backgound. They're very iconic and should have been easiily recognizable as parts of the L'Enfant Plaza complex. 20 got it right.


Image 2: Grosvenor

The second image shows the pedestrian bridge over Tuckerman Lane connecting Grosvenor station to the Strathmore Arts Center. The curve of this bridge was a clue, since few pedestrian bridges in the system are curved. The two obvious choices are New Carrollton and Grosvenor, which have bridges like this.

However, the bridge at New Carrollton has a sharper curve. The colored lights here are also very distinctive, but if you haven't used the bridge at night, that might not have been helpful. 11 figured it out nonetheless.


Image 3: Braddock Road

The third image shows some new-ish signage at Braddock Road. We discussed these new platform decals in a post several months ago. This is the only station in the system with these markings.

Additional clues include the Alexandria Peak roof style (only King Street has the same canopy) and a blue marker on the train's destination sign. 14 figured it out.


Image 4: Deanwood

This picture shows the north end of the platform at Deanwood. The surroundings here should help you eliminate all the other possibilities. The catenary masts in the background mean this must be one of the Orange Line stations on the eastern end of the line. But the lack of wires eliminates Landover and New Carrollton.

The island platform eliminates Cheverly. The houses mean that this can't be Minnesota Avenue, since DC 295 is just west of the station. That leaves Deanwood. 21 worked out the logic correctly.


Image 5: Naylor Road

The final image shows a view from the platform at Naylor Road. The perspective here means this is an elevated station. The buildings in the distance, Lynhill Condominiums, were another clue.

Aerial images might have helped you narrow this down, by locating the bus loop and park-and-ride. 18 came to the correct conclusion.

Great work, everyone. Thanks for playing!

We're taking a break until the end of September. So take some time to study up and we'll see you on September 27 with week 91.

Information about contest rules, submission guidelines, and a leaderboard is available at http://ggwash.org/whichwmata.

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Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 90

It's time for the ninetieth installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are photos of 5 stations in the Washington Metro system. Can you identify each from its picture?


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Image 2


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Image 4


Image 5

We'll hide the comments so the early birds don't spoil the fun.

Please have your answers submitted by noon on Thursday. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answers are here.

Information about contest rules, submission guidelines, and a leaderboard is available at http://ggwash.org/whichwmata.

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Metro in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Union Station. Photo by Jordan Barab.


42 bus, Dupont Circle. Photo by nevermindtheend.


Gallery Place-Chinatown. Photo by SounderBruce.


Photo by SounderBruce.


Photo by J P.

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Hot as ____ in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Lake Anne Plaza, Reston. Photo by Daniel Kelly.


Lake Anne Plaza, Reston. Photo by Daniel Kelly.


Photo by nevermindtheend.


Tango at Freedom Plaza. Photo by Victoria Pickering.


LeDroit Park. Photo by Daniel Kelly.


S Street NW. Photo by Joe Flood.


15th Street protected bikeway at P Street. Photo by Joe Flood.

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 89

On Tuesday, we posted our eighty-ninth challenge to see how well you knew Metro. I took photos of five Metro stations. Here are the answers. How well did you do?

This week, we got 35 guesses. Nine got all five correct. Great work, Peter K, JamesDCane, Travis Maiers, AlexC, Solomon, PLKDC, Stephen C, dpod, and We Will Crush Peter K!


Image 1: Dupont Circle

The first image was fairly easy to solve (and all of you got it right!). It shows the large bowl where the northern escalators emerge at 20th and Q Streets NW, which is the northern entrance of the Dupont Circle station. The rim of the bowl is visible, as are the plantings along either side. Those main clues helped you narrow down the choice. We've featured this entrance in week 22, week 33, week 38, week 40, and week 80.

Like all of the other pictures featured in this week's set, this image has a set of three side-by-side escalators.


Image 2: Huntington

The second image shows a view of the platform escalators and inclined elevator at Huntington's southern entrance. There are two unique features visible here. The first is the inclined elevator, which is one of only a few in the country. The other is the pair of narrow escalators on either side of the regular-width one.

The slanted glass roof is also a clue, though it's not unique since a similar one exists at West Hyattsville.

Week 12 and week 14 both showcase these features. 29 of you figured it out.


Image 3: Crystal City

The third picture shows the main exit from Crystal City station. The primary clue here is the "VRE Trains" sign, which directs customers to a doorway just out of frame to the right. The connection to VRE is made by way of the underground Crystal City pedestrian network, which intersects this Metro corridor just prior to the escalators pictured.

There are several VRE connection points to Metro, but only three are underground stations: Union Station, L'Enfant Plaza, and Crystal City. Union Station never has three side-by-side escalators, so it can't be that station. And while L'Enfant Plaza does have this arrangement, there's no VRE signage like this nor any electrical lockers in the corridor.

That leaves Crystal City, as 20 of you surmised.


Image 4: Farragut North

The fourth image was taken in the northernmost mezzanine at Farragut North station. I like the brutalist coffered ceiling, which mirrors the standard waffle vault treatment. Despite the design harmony, this type of mezzanine ceiling is only present at two stations, with the other being Stadium/Armory.

The three side-by-side escalators lead down to the northern end of the platform, taking up most of the platform's width (which is why escalators are usually just singles or doubles when going to the platform). We featured these escalators from the other side in week 22.

Stadium/Armory also has three escalators like this, however, they descend into the vault through an opening that nearly reaches the top of the vault. The pictured escalators have the lower sloped roof above them, meaning this must be Farragut North.

16 got the gold.


Image 5: Federal Triangle

The final image shows a set of three short escalators at Federal Triangle. This is part of the corridor leading from the station's mezzanine under 12th Street to the portico of the Ariel Rios Building. The station is located under 12th Street, but the street escalators are located about 150' west. Along this corridor, there's a short rise that these escalators climb. These are the shortest escalators in the Metro system and are therefore quite distinctive.

15 came to the correct conclusion.

Thanks for playing! We'll be back August 23rd with another quiz.

Information about contest rules, submission guidelines, and a leaderboard is available at http://ggwash.org/whichwmata.

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Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 89

It's time for the eighty-ninth installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are photos of 5 stations in the Washington Metro system. Can you identify each from its picture?


Image 1


Image 2


Image 3


Image 4


Image 5

We'll hide the comments so the early birds don't spoil the fun.

Please have your answers submitted by noon on Thursday. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answers are here.

Information about contest rules, submission guidelines, and a leaderboard is available at http://ggwash.org/whichwmata.

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Arlington in the Flickr pool archives

We went digging through the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool archives, and have chosen some of our favorite images from the past six years from Arlington. Which one do you like best?


Memorial Bridge, August 2010. Photo by Brian Allen.


Crystal City Wynwood mural, September 2014. Photo by Elvert Barnes.


Long Bridge Park, June 2013. Photo by Payton Chung.


Crystal City, March 2011. Photo by Chris Reed.


Clarendon, August 2010. Photo by Adam Fagen.


W&OD Trail, this week. Photo by Erinn Shirley.

Have a photo that depicts the best or worst of Arlington, or anywhere else in the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

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Shade and ice cream in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Tree check. Photo by nevermindtheend


Free ice cream. Photo by nevermindtheend


Nationals Stadium. Photo by Jordan Barab


Roosevelt Island. Photo by xmeeksx


Suns out guns out. Photo by Ted Eytan

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 88

On Tuesday, we posted our eighty-eighth challenge to see how well you knew Metro. I took photos of five Metro stations. Here are the answers. How well did you do?

This week, we got 27 guesses. Eleven got all five right. Great work, Peter K, JamesDCane, Stephen C, Solomon, J-Train-21, Justin..., AlexC, RBAP, Ampersand, dpod, and We Will Crush Peter K!


Image 1: Federal Triangle

This week, each of the pictures featured a Metro elevator at street level. To solve the quiz, you needed to identify the surroundings visible in the background.

The first image shows the elevator at Federal Triangle. The Federal Triangle complex is visible in the background, and is a fairly iconic building. The curved facade could have been a help, since the entrance to Federal Triangle is in a semi-circular area west of 12th Street. Had the Old Post Office been torn down, as envisioned, a the opposite side of the street would also have a semi-circular facade.

Twenty-four got this right.


Image 2: New Carrollton

The second image shows the escalator canopy and pedestrian bridge at the west (Harkins Road) entrance to New Carrollton station. This canopy is unique in the system, so some of you may have figured it out that way. The bridge in the background leads to the IRS building. We've featured it before in week 21 and week 63.

Twelve made the correct choice.


Image 3: Pentagon City

This picture shows the elevator at Pentagon City. The tower in the background is the Ritz Carlton hotel. If you look closely, just below the elevator canopy, you can see a portion of the Nordstrom sign. There aren't many Nordstroms in the region, so that would have been a useful way to narrow this down.

Seventeen guessed correctly.


Image 4: Archives

The fourth image shows the corner of 7th and Indiana NW entrance at Archives. The red brick building is fairly iconic, and adds texture to the area. The Starbucks logo helped at least one person narrow it down, but the easiest way was simply to recognize the building. Nineteen did.


Image 5: Farragut West

Finally, the last image shows the facade of 1875 Eye Street, also known as International Square. The building towers over the 18th Street entrance to Farragut West, including the elevator entrance. It opened in 1979, just two years after the Metro station. The blocky nature of the building and it's height was a clue to look in DC. But like image number 4, recognition was the easiest solution.

Thirteen came to the correct conclusion.

Thanks for playing! We'll be back the second Tuesday in August with week 89.

Information about contest rules, submission guidelines, and a leaderboard is available at http://ggwash.org/whichwmata.

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