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Heat wave 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.


Woodridge Elementary, Vista and Central Avenues NE DC. Photo by James Crane.


Union Station. Photo by Jordan Barab.


Herzog's Restaurant (c. 1938), Old Fish Market, SW Waterfront. Photo by StreetsofWashington.


Photo by Ted Eytan.


Bladensburg & Montana Avenue NE. Photo by James Crane.

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Vibrant 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.


Pennsylvania Avenue. Photo by Jarrett Hendrix.


Four Mile Run, Arlington. Photo by Erinn Shirley.


Photo by Jamelle Bouie.


Union Station. Photo by Jordan Barab.


Photo by philliefan99.

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 87

On Tuesday, we posted our eighty-seventh challenge to see how well you knew Metro. We featured photos of five Metro stations taken by Peter K. Here are the answers. How well did you do?

This week, we got 34 guesses. Sixteen got all five. Great work, Matt D, JamesDCane, RyanS, Justin..., Josh, Gregory Koch, dpod, Transport., DavidDuck, Alex C, Stephen C, J-Train-21, Solomon, Ampersand, Chris H, and We Will Crush Peter K!


Image 1: NoMa

The first image was fairly straight-forward, showing the perspective looking south in the mezzanine at NoMa station. The "M St" sign was a major clue, since only four stations are located on or near M Street. Mount Vernon Square has an entrance at 7th & M NW, Navy Yard has entrances at New Jersey & M SE and Half & M SE, and Waterfront has an entrance on 4th Street SW just north of M.

However, those stations don't fit the bill because they're all underground stations, and this picture shows a stop with the platform above (note the escalators on the left side going up). The styling is also indicative of the three 2004 stations. That makes this NoMa, which 32 of you figured out.


Image 2: West Hyattsville

The second image shows the Metro guideway just south of West Hyattsville, viewed from the Northwest Branch Trail, which crosses under the Green Line here. This trail hosts the East Coast Greenway, a trail running from Florida to Maine. The Greenway crosses under Metro just south of National Airport and at the Fourteenth Street Bridge (on the Mount Vernon Trail), at NoMa (along M Street), and at West Hyattsville. However, only the setting at West Hyattsville fits.

The wooden obelisk that the sign is mounted on is actually an Anacostia Tributary Trail System trail marker used by the Prince George's County Parks Department, which may have also helped you narrow this down. Additionally, we featured a very similar perspective in week 47.

27 got it right.


Image 3: Pentagon

The third image was taken at Pentagon, but shh! Don't tell anyone! This station was probably pretty easy to identify, since it's the only station in the system where photography is prohibited. Other clues include the next-gen faregate and the shape of the vault here, which is indicative of the taller trainroom needed for the dual train levels.

31 properly classified the answer.


Image 4: Morgan Boulevard

Morgan Boulevard may have taken some googling to get to the right conclusion. When the station was constructed in 2004, a childcare center was included on site to make it easier for parents to commute. This is one of two on-site daycare centers in the system, with the other being located at Shady Grove.

The center at Shady Grove is different because it was constructed after the station was built, whereas at Morgan Boulevard the daycare was built with the station. Signage and the setting at Shady Grove are different, and it appears that most of you figured it out despite the similarities.

25 got it correct.


Image 5: Franconia-Springfield

The final station is Franconia-Springfield. A quick search of the WMATA website turns up the four stations with multi-day parking. Three of the four stations have decks, so you can eliminate Greenbelt off the bat.

Of the remaining three, the website gives the definitive answer by indicating that at Franconia, the multi-day parking is in row J, which is labeled in the picture.

21 were able to figure this one out.

Great work, everyone. We'll be back in two weeks with another quiz!

Thanks again to Peter K for letting us use his pictures for whichWMATA.

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 87

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

This week, all 5 photos were submitted by whichWMATA regular Peter K.


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!

Special thanks to Peter K for submitting photos. If you think you have what it takes, email your photos to mcjohnson@ggwash.org.

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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Long weekend in the Flickr pool

Here are some of our favorite summertime images from the past few years in the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, to get you in the spirit of the holiday weekend. Happy Fourth of July!


2014. Photo by Ted Eytan.


Gravelly Point, 2011. Photo by Erin.


Ocean City, 2011. Photo by Jennifer.


White House Farmer's Market, 2012. Photo by Erin.


Vida U Street rooftop, 2012. Photo by Ted Eytan.


Nationals Park, last week. Photo by Rudi Riet.


Farragut Square, 2010. Photo by Erin.


Skate Fest Fairfax, 2016. Photo by John Sonderman.


14th St NW, 2014. Photo by Tim Brown.


Jack's Boathouse (Georgetown), 2011. Photo by JY O'Reilly.


Capitol Grounds, 2013. Photo by Ian Livingston.


Rock Hall, MD, 2014. Photo by Caroline Angelo.

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 86

On Tuesday, we posted our eighty-sixth 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 31 guesses. Fifteen got all five right. Great work, Alex C, Solomon, dpod, Peter K, JamesDCane, J-Train-21, Steven Yates, Chris H, Stephen C, Patrick, skildpadde, DavidDuck, R2-JL, We Will Crush Peter K, and Peter K is a nice guy, don't be hatin' on him!


Image 1: Vienna

The first image was fairly simple, showing a view of Vienna station from westbound I-66. Metro has a few stations in the median of a freeway, but only Vienna and Wiehle Avenue have bridges across to both sides of the roadway. Wiehle Avenue's bridges are a different design, with brighter metal. Additionally, Wiehle's parking is located only on one side of the station, unlike at Vienna, where there are garages on both sides.

All 31 of you knew this was Vienna.


Image 2: McLean

The second image looks down into the lower mezzanine at McLean station. The design elements and the newness of the concrete and fixtures should have told you this was a Silver Line station. Since we're looking down into the mezzanine, this can only be one of three Silver Line stations with a mezzanine below the tracks: McLean, Tysons Corner, and Spring Hill.

However, you can eliminate Spring Hill because there's no roadway visible to the left, meaning this isn't a median station. At Tysons Corner, the lower entrance has a completely different escalator and elevator arrangement, and from this direction, the exit would be straight ahead, not out to the right.

That leaves McLean, which 21 of you figured out.


Image 3: Morgan Boulevard

The third image was taken looking up at the roof above the mezzanine from the platform at Morgan Boulevard. The canopy here is clearly one of the Gull II designs, present only at the three stations opened in 2004. However, at Largo and NoMa, the mezzanine is below the tracks, not above as it is at Morgan Boulevard.

Twenty-two came to the correct conclusion.


Image 4: Dupont Circle

The fourth image shows the view looking through the escalator canopy at Dupont's southern entrance. The art deco building visible here is 1350 Connecticut Avenue (though viewed from the 19th Street side), which was built in 1928 20 years before even the underground trolley station at Dupont Circle opened. Your best clue to answering this one was to recognize the building.

Twenty-four were able to come to the correct conclusion.


Image 5: L'Enfant Plaza

The final image shows the eastern mezzanine at L'Enfant Plaza. This mezzanine, which leads to the Constitution Center entrance on the southeast corner of 7th and D SW, is closed on weekends. Knowing which stations have closed entrances on weekends would have been a start to solving this picture.

An additional clue is the "_AND AVENUE" text on the sign, which refers to Maryland Avenue. L'Enfant Plaza has an entrance at 7th and Maryland, and that entrance is open at all times. Maryland Avenue doesn't come close to any other station.

The word could also have potentially been "Rhode Island," however the Rhode Island Avenue station is above ground, and while Rhode Island Avenue comes close to Farragut North and Shaw, signage at those stations doesn't refer to Rhode Island Avenue.

Twenty-six sussed out the right answer.

Thanks for playing! We'll be back in two weeks 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 86

It's time for the eighty-sixth installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are photos of five stations in the 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 note: We have a slightly earlier deadline this week. Please be sure to have your answers in by 9 am on Thursday.

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

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The city, outdoors, 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.


Photo by Ted Eytan.



9th and F Street NW. Photo by Aimee Custis.


7000-series, but #whichwmata? Photo by nevermindtheend.


Florida Avenue. Photo by Erinn Shirley.


14th Street. Photo by Joe Flood.

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Love and solidarity 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.


Capital Pride Festival. Photo by Ted Eytan.



Capital Pride Festival. Photo by Ted Eytan.


Dupont Circle. Photo by Maryland Route 5.


Dupont Circle. Photo by Ted Eytan.


Schools without Walls marches for Orlando. Photo by Joe Flood.


Federal Triangle. Photo by Ted Eytan.

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 85

On Tuesday, we posted our eighty-fifth 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 26 guesses. Fifteen got all five. Great work, Patrick, JamesDCane, Peter K, AlexC, J-Train-21, Jacob G, robwd21, Solomon, dpod, Justin...., Dillon the Pickle, Stephen C, Andy L, David Duck, and We Will Crush Peter K!


Image 1: Friendship Heights

The first image was taken from the Western Avenue mezzanine at Friendship Heights. There are several clues here that should have made this a fairly easy one to solve.

This is a four-coffer Arch I station, a type of station that is present only on the Red Line's Shady Grove branch between Woodley Park and Medical Center. That narrows it down to seven stations. Of those seven, only one station has mezzanines at both ends: Friendship Heights. However, Bethesda will soon have a second mezzanine, constructed as part of the Purple Line.

One additional clue is the globe lights on the platform pylons. Globe lights like these are typical at outdoor stations. But Friendship Heights is the only underground station that has them in quantities like this.

Twenty-three knew this one.


Image 2: Eisenhower Avenue

The next station featured was Eisenhower Avenue. The elevator shaft leading between the mezzanine and the Huntington platform is seen here from the station's bus loop.

The easiest way to figure out that this was Eisenhower Avenue was by noticing that this is a side platform station. There are very few of those in the system (most stations have the single platform between the tracks). Only Eisenhower Avenue is both elevated and has side platforms (West Hyattsville is built on a berm).

Cheverly would have been a close guess, since it's the twin of Eisenhower Avenue. However, at Cheverly, the mezzanine is above the tracks, which are built at ground level.

Nineteen guessed correctly.


Image 3: Silver Spring

The third station is Silver Spring. The view here is looking north from the platform, with the pocket track used to short turn trains at center left. The pocket track is the main clue here, since there are only a few in the system. The only outdoor pocket tracks near a station are at Silver Spring, Wiehle Avenue, and Franconia/Springfield, though the Franconia pocket is not visible from the platform.

Additional clues include the CSX track just to the right of the fence, which indicates that this is in the shared corridor where the Red Line is sandwiched between the eastbound and westbound CSX tracks. 8403 Colesville Road is also visible, and is a fairly distinctive building in the Silver Spring skyline.

Twenty-five got the gold by guessing Silver Spring.


Image 4: Suitland

The fourth image shows a view of Suitland station from the bridge leading to the parking garage.

From the image, you can tell that this is one of the four High Peak stations. You can narrow it down to Suitland because, as noted in week 57, the peaked skylights are very shallow here.

The vantage point also should help you narrow it down. Branch Avenue doesn't have a bridge or parking garage that would allow a view from this angle. And from this angle at Franconia, instead of seeing the bus loop, you'd see the CSX/VRE tracks.

However, at Southern Avenue, the bus loop includes a bridge over the tracks just beyond the end of the platform. Since that's not visible here, by process of elimination, this has to be Suitland.

Nineteen came to the correct conclusion.


Image 5: Columbia Heights

The final image shows artwork at Columbia Heights station. The piece, Woven Identities by Megan Welsh and Casa Del Pueblo Youth, hangs on the wall opposite the faregates, where the corridor branches to escalators leading to either side of 14th Street.

If you've ever shopped at the Columbia Heights Target, you've probably walked past this artwork, and hopefully it's brightened your day. If you took the time to notice it, it probably brightened your score this week.

Nineteen got it right.

Thanks for playing! We'll be back in two weeks with another quiz.

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

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