The author with the DC Statehood Panda. Photo by Jaime Fearer on Flickr.

I jumped into the DC hyperlocal blogging scene back in 2005, when I moved to the Woodridge neighborhood in Northeast. I came across Greater Greater Washington in early 2008, when David posted about development in Brookland, and later in the year, I met him in person.

Because I’d since moved to Shaw, and had applied to graduate school for community planning, I was interested in finding another way to be involved in a city-wide (and, ultimately, a region-wide) discussion about urbanism and smart growth. So I asked David if he’d consider having contributors. The rest is, as they say, history.

Since then, I’ve been involved with GGW in a number of roles, most recently behind-the-scenes as an editor. I am proud of the debate we stir up, the advocacy we stand behind, and the community we’ve built.

Over the years, we’ve tried to disseminate important information and to do it in a way that is both timely and accessible. Too often, and especially with the topics we cover, it’s easy to lose the meat of a story in jargon and lack of context; our aim is to cut through the technical terminology that can alienate readers and to give you the background you need to make an informed decision.

We’ve been lucky to work with some extremely talented and dedicated volunteers since 2008, and we look forward to many more years doing the same. We’ve also been lucky enough to employ a part-time associate editor recently, and we need your support to keep it up and to make GGW even greater. Please consider a contribution to the site—any and every little bit counts, and is very much appreciated.