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The New York Times Gets a Spatial Reasoning Lesson on H Street

Today's New York Times has a profile of Fundrise, the Washington crowd-investment platform that has its hands in several projects, in what the Times describes as "the transitional H Street NE neighborhood near Dupont Circle."

Now, H Street is near Dupont Circle, but only in the sense that it's closer than, say, the New York Times' Manhattan headquarters. In the context of one city, Dupont Circle is nowhere near H Street—Google Maps puts the driving distance between the two at three miles. If the Times wanted to connect H Street with a neighborhood or landmark that would be recognizable to readers outside of the D.C. area, there are better options, like Capitol Hill or Union Station.

Several people, including my colleague Aaron Wiener, noted on Twitter that that Times was playing loose with the map. Since then, the paper has dropped the Dupont Circle reference and added this shame-faced correction:

The earlier version also misstated the proximity of Fundrise’s project at 1351 H Street NE in to Dupont Circle in Washington. It is more than three miles from Dupont Circle; it is not “near.”

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  • Therese

    Really what they meant was "Near the only DC Neighborhood my readers have ever heard of"

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  • Pete

    /Victory Lap.

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