The author with wife and fellow contributor Jaime Fearer. Photo by Madame Meow on Flickr.

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I don’t recall the first Greater Greater Washington article that I read, but I do recall the first one that I contributed to: a post about reworking the traffic flow around Mount Vernon Square and on 7th and 9th streets south of the convention center.

I had been reading and writing about public planning meetings in the city for years, and it finally became clear that I should be adding my voice to what, at that time, was quickly becoming the source for intelligent analysis of urban planning in the DC area.

Over the last 4+ years, I’ve watched the blog grow in scope and influence. The launch of Greater Greater Education may be the most consequential new addition to the local blogosphere, even if many don’t realize it yet.

For years, conversations about growth in DC have frequently hinged on this point: “If the DC school system was great, it would be impossible to keep people from flooding into the city.” In many ways, education is the only thing where DC doesn’t hold distinct advantages over surrounding communities.

The blog’s coverage of local politics is also a great strength. Local television news all but ignores the issues in local politics, and the Washington Post frequently goes for the horse-race story instead of the policy analysis. Greater Greater Washington fills an important gap, creating a place where smart discussion of local politics is a necessity, not a luxury.

I hope to see the blog continue to grow in its geographic and topical coverage. Even though I’m watching DC from the other side of the country now, I will continue to rely on Greater Greater Washington to keep me intelligently informed on important issues in a city I care deeply about.

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Geoff Hatchard lived in DC’s Trinidad neighborhood. The opinions and views expressed in Geoff’s writing on this blog are his, and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer.