I joined the Mount Vernon Triangle blog in the spring of 2008, about a month before moving into my condo in the neighborhood. This blog was started in January 2008 by a prospective resident who was excited that he was under contract for a studio at the Dumont Condominiums. He used the pen name of Mediocre Bad Guy (aka MBG) and created the tagline Not Just Parking Lots Anymore. I joined as a contributor three months later as I was similarly enthusiastic about my new condo purchase at Madrigal Lofts. I began writing under the name FourthandEye. As the Dumont hit hardship and went into bankruptcy MBG slowly disappeared from the scene leaving the reigns fully to me. Those first several years I averaged nearly a post of day reporting on items ranging from development news, restaurant openings, single sales moratorium and whatever was on the docket at ANC meetings. My level of posting has waned the last few years but I was always there to share and report the biggest news items in Mount Vernon Triangle.
This past year was a busy year for the neighborhood and the blog. The blog published 317 postings, migrated to a new domain and WordPress layout, and increased page view traffic by more than 40%. On occasion our postings made a small but immediate difference as a treebox hazard in Chinatown that had existed for years was fixed soon after we finally ranted about it. We also put forth our best efforts to provide a platform for meaningful informed discussion of the ANC6C01 election this fall.
The neighborhood survived Snowmageddon until it became Snowverkill, saw Fourth Street Reconfiguration completed, and received two Capital Bikeshare stations in DDOT’s initial rollout. We unfortunately lost the unofficial mayor of downtown, Miles Groves, far too soon but it was befitting to see the Cosmopolitan Condominium honor his memory outside their front door.
Without further adieu here’s the listing of highlights of the past year:
- Mount Vernon Triangle was profiled in the WaPo’s “Where We Live” feature
- HGTV’s “My First Place” showcased properties in MVT and Chinatown
- HGTV’s “Real Estate Intevention” visited Madrigal Lofts and Gallery Place condos
- Installation of Inspiration completed
- Nuclear Security Summit at Convention Center
- Ribbon Cutting for 5th & K Art
- DURKL Block Party
- 5EYE Summer Movie Series
- Taste of the Triangle
- City Center Market
- Curbside Cookoff
- Halloween Pet Costume Contest
- Taylor Gourmet Hoagie Hunt
- 5th and K Santa Event
At the Kushi opening party on Monday night I shared details with KimFromTheK and others about the Search Unleashed plug-in tool that I’ve installed on this new WordPress blog format. This tool keeps a running log of search phrases entered into the blog and captures phrases used by external search engines that directed web surfers to the blog. Some of the phrases are humorous while others just random and bizarre.
Here are 10 recent phrases:
- casey patten girlfriend
- google sexist horse zoo
- horse show tommy wells
- how much is a fifth of rum mount pleasant
- how much would it cost to put a cafeteria in a police station
- old tour bus for sale on flickr
- reelection fish fry flyers
- strip club interior pictures
- why do you shred buddhas
- zoo stack hippo
Are you familiar with foursquare? It’s a new-ish social networking website that allows you to track places you visit, and keep up on where your friends are. You can download the app to your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android, and connect with friends. The service can link with your facebook and twitter accounts to share your location with others.
Foursquare allows you to compete with other users to become “mayor” of a place–if you’ve visited somewhere more than anywhere else, you become mayor. And users collect “badges” for achieving such milestones as visiting 5 different airports (Jetsetter) and going out four nights in a row (Bender). You can even read or leave tips for others using the site, like my suggestion to get the Spruce Street or any of the chicken cutlet sandwiches at Taylor. Read more about the basics here.
FourthandEye and I are both on foursquare, and it seems to be picking up popularity in DC. Social Media website Mashable claims that foursquare may be the next Twitter, even calling it “The Twitter of 2010”. The site also reported a recent collaboration between foursquare and TV network Bravo.
Do you use foursquare? Have you had any interesting experiences (i.e. met up with a friend because you found out they were nearby, or tried something new at your favorite restaurant) as a result?
The article entitled From seedy to sought-after: D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle becoming urban village was contributed by the editors of Urban Turf.
“As of the first of the year, fewer than 100 new units will be available and all one-bedroom units are projected to be gone by March,” said David Mayhood, president of the Mayhood Company, which markets and sells condos. “With no new condominiums under construction, the current inventory will be gone by mid to late 2010.”
Photo Credit: Josh Howell Photo (via WaPo)
Thanks for following us from blogspot here to our revamped blog hosted at www.mvtriangleblog.com. We’ve upgraded to the WordPress technology which will afford us greater control to customize and improve the blog in the future. The new layout enables content to be displayed in a more compact fashion with plugins like “Read More” and a featured topic section above the page footer. Posts now include suggestions for related content, provide sharing links, and allow readers to subscribe to comment notification. More enhancements are on the horizon.
Have feedback? Share your thoughts in the comments.
2009 was a busy year for the neighborhood and the blog. We published 414 postings, more than doubled the prior year’s site traffic and welcomed KimFromTheK as a new regular contributor in August.
- Presidential Inauguration
- 2nd & Mass Tree Planting
- MVT Homes Tour
- Heart of DC Picnic
- New weekly Farmer’s Market on Mount Vernon Square
I created a Twitter feed for the blog back in late March and embedded it in the right sidebar. Updates were sparse and sometimes 3 weeks apart. Now that I’ve upgraded to a 3G phone I’m using the medium more.
Twitter will be a source for shorter and quicker updates that share facts that aren’t worthy of a full blog posting or hint at posts to come. I don’t anticipate relying on the tool too heavily as I know over 140 of you subscribe through Google Reader and thereby don’t benefit from the feed and other sidebar content I’ve embedded on the blog.
Here are a few tweets from the last several days: