Morning in Shaw by Ted Eytan licensed under Creative Commons.
Dear readers, as this new year begins I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. In 2018, we brought you 1,157 posts (including 246 breakfast links). You wrote 30,030 comments on them!
The blog grew this year. We have more pageviews, more readers, and more
new readers than the year before, and we launched a urbanist journalism fellowship in partnership with Island Press to boost more young journalists' voices.
We experimented with different types of posts, including
Stephen Repetski's column , Metro Reasons Urbanist Hero of the Week, and GGWash Sandbox, while continuing old favorites like WhichWMATA and Ask GGWash. We also had some great bus series, including coverage of WMATA's bus transformation project and how to improve Prince George's TheBus.
We're also collaborating more with other organizations such as
Street Sense Media and the People for Fairness Coalition to bring a wider array of voices onto the blog and to better cover the editorial priorities we outlined at the beginning of last year, including buses, equity, environmental sustainability, and local elections.
Here are our top-read and top-commented posts of the year:
Here are our most-commented posts from 2018
Here are our top-read posts from 2018
We already republished the top 10 posts of the year; here's a look at the full top 20:
Happy birthday, Metro! Watch Metro's evolution since 1976 in this slideshow by David Alpert
Tolls could be coming to Fairfax County Parkway, and you can weigh in by Mike Grinnell
It’s ok to critique dockless bikeshare. It’s not ok to be bigoted. by Kristen Jeffers
Scooters are taking cars off the road, a survey says by David Alpert
Five (mostly rejected) ideas for Metro expansion you've probably forgotten about by Mike Grinnell
Most efforts to control traffic don't work. Here are four things that do. by Bryan Barnett-Woods
Montgomery County says no new homes in Silver Spring because the schools are full by Dan Reed
Here are 5 new infrastructure projects we'll likely get with Amazon by Chris Slatt
Surprise! The Mortgage Interest Deduction is now even more of a handout to the wealthy by David Meni
Rail in the region used to be far more robust. Here are all the railroads we had in 1921. by David Edmonson
Why cities rarely build monorails, explained by Dan Malouff
Metro Reasons: Yellow and Blue line stations from National going south require reconstruction by Stephen Repetski
DC's 2018 primary matters, though the action isn't the race for mayor by Mark Rodeffer
Why Marc Elrich is not the right choice for Montgomery County Executive by David Alpert, Rahul Sinha, Sanjida Rangwala, Sean Robertson
Tysons East wants to draw the “creative class,” and get them to stay by Rita Abou Samra
What the Metro could have looked like by Michelle Goldchain
Are bad boundaries spurring inequality in Montgomery schools? by Tony Camilli
GGWash Sandbox: For HQ2 in Crystal City, build the “Metro Express” by David Alpert
A Rosslyn-Georgetown gondola would fill a real hole in our transportation system. Is it worth it? by David Alpert
A tale of two 20003s: high rises or high rents by Payton Chung
Of course, we couldn't do this without our
incredible volunteers. If you're interested in writing for GGWash, you can check out our contributor guidelines here.
Readers: What would you like to see more of (or less of) on the blog in 2019? What was your favorite story of the year? What did you learn?
There's a lot to look forward to in 2019. Help us continue to advocate for an equitable, walkable, affordable region, by joining the GGWash Neighborhood , our membership program. Your contribution keeps our blog going, helps us fund our advocacy work, and also connect you to our larger community of readers. Join today!