The Washington City Paper has a cover story titled "East of the River or River East?" There is so much going on in this article I'm struggling to collect all of my thoughts. I had gotten wind last night that the article shed an unfavorable light on some of the Ward 8 bloggers and R.E.E.L. I was so anxious to read the final version.
I have two big issues with the article. One issue is the author only interviewed residents and bloggers of Ward 8. With all due respect to them, Ward 8 is NOT Ward 7. While the view from 50,000 feet may look similar, we have different leadership, physical layout and underlying issues. The author is well within his right to write what he wants, but don't lump all of Ward 7 and Ward 8 together and then only interview people in Ward 8.
The other issue is that the article is divisive. We are over here trying to build a community both physically and the emotional connection. The last thing we need is an outsider driving a wedge between us. This article is a reminder that no one can tell our story like we can.