City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: Transparency In Reporting

New Columbia Heights posts the highlights from a spat on the neighborhood listserv among ANC Commissioners about paying for cellphones that became a free-for-all. Favorite listserv quote: "The commission has done nothing in the way of administrative housekeeping: mail is not picked up on a regular basis, the phone bill went unpaid until service was disconnected, the rent went unpaid for 6 months–and I'm not sure it's been paid to date, and the ANC website was shut down because the maintenance fees were not paid." At least the commissioners are fighting in public. Let's hear it for transparency!

Borderstan has shocking findings from its latest mini poll: People want affordable restaurants on 14th Street NW. Borderstan has some fun with the number crunching: "My initial read on the results, below, of this very unscientific poll, is that respondents tend to want more food options in the affordable range (lower-priced restaurants and delis) along with places to hang (coffee houses). In addition, people would like to have more general shopping options, including clothing stores. Noticeably, there was no excitement among respondents to this poll for more furniture stores, art galleries or clubs/lounges."

And Now, Anacostia has pictures from the construction of the new playground at Savoy. Congress Heights on the Rise re-publishes the mayor's office's press release without letting its readers know. Which is bullshit. We love CHOTR and respect their work and their comments on our own City Desk. But you can't cut and paste the mayor's press sheet and not tell your readers. Cite your sources. No big deal.

Metrocurean notes that Taylor Gourmet was featured in the recent issue of Dwell (you know that furniture porn mag at Whole Foods checkout aisles): "The story highlights the rustic industrial look of the renovated building on H Street NE that houses not only the Italian deli but also owners Casey Patten and David Mazza. They built nearly identical apartments on the two floors over the market."

Bloomingdale (for now) posts cool pictures of drawings on dirt.

Greater Greater Washington highlights one misguided marketing campaign from an eco-friendly condo development in Falls Church. They don't offer free bus or Metro passes. The condo folk offer extra free parking: not one, but two spaces for a one-bedroom unit: "Now that green living is trendy, developers are touting environmentally friendly features in many new buildings. That's great. But if the marketers then just default to the same gas-guzzling promotions that assume that more cars and more driving is always a draw, it undermines not only their message but the purpose behind it. Many of those two-bedrooms will go to couples who want a spare room, or families with babies, and they don't necessarily need two cars even in Falls Church."

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  • The Advoc8te

    Thanks for the suggestion/spanking? :) FYI - whenever I post anything on my blog that I did not write myself (such as press releases that are emailed mailed to me on such a regular basis I am drowing in them) then I always post it in Arial font so my readers know it came from somewhere else but to eliminate confusion I will totally source press releases from now on. :) Article sources were always sourced press releases admitedtly it gets kind of foggy. :)

  • Q™

    Wow, The Advoc8te...way to suck up to Cherkis on this one. I wouldn't post ANY of Fenty's press releases because even the basic ones are filled with propaganda, photo ops, and him taking undue credit.

  • Free Mike DeBonis!

    Amen to tha Q...

  • The Advoc8te

    @ Q it's not about Fenty it is about sharing any River East news...especailly positive River East news and sometimes it's thin. The RE blogs are definetly trying to do their part by reporting RE news and perspectives but there is definetly a need for more attention to Wards 7 and 8. The blogs can only do so much and lets be honest - we are novices (hence I take my spanking with a smile) we can't totally fill the information void.

    I am going to look on the positive side - CHOTR made the Round Up! lol.

  • Q™

    True, CHOTR made the Round Up...whereas some folks still think that those folk who live "East of the Anacostia River" are illiterate. More diversity of article are needed from Wards 7 and 8 too. You'd think that "East of the Anacostia River" only consists of Anacostia, Congress Heights, Barry Farms, Deanwood, Randle or Washington Highlands (some folk don't know the difference) and Ft. Dupont Park. There are many more neighborhoods that are being underreported.

    BTW, I'm sorry but I can't get with the River East nomenclature. There's no River North, River South, or River West.

    Just so the readers know, East of the Anacostia River consists of the following neighborhoods...

    Ward 7
    Benning Heights
    Benning Ridge
    Capitol View
    Civic Betterment
    Dupont Park
    Eastland Gardens
    Fairfax Village
    Fort Davis
    Fort Dupont
    Good Hope
    Grant Park
    Kingman Park (although West of the River, in Ward 7 too)
    Lincoln Heights
    Mahaning Heights
    Marshall Heights
    Naylor Gardens
    Penn Branch
    Randle Highlands
    River Terrace
    Summit Park

    Ward 8
    Barry Farm
    Buena Vista
    Congress Heights
    Garfield Heights
    Knox Hill
    Shipley Terrace
    Washington Highlands