|When "watermelon" is the new pink.|
|It's like that now?|
The second article, written by Washington Post staff reporter, Hamil Harris (@HamilHarris) is supposed to be about the Big K development but it was so wrought with misinformation I couldn't take any parts of the article seriously. Nor should I have. The thrust of the article so missed the mark about the community's real issue with the site (more "affordable" housing to an area already saturated with it) that I wonder if the reporter was even in Anacostia. The original article (it has since been edited sort off) made a point to pointing out the closing of Uniontown Bar & Grill because the owner was arrested on "drug charges" and that Big Chair Coffee was shuttered (no mention of that at all in the update).
|The new but not really improved correction -- and no mention of the new NURISH Food + Drink cafe.|
My dear mother WHO LIVES THREE HOURS AWAY knows that Big Chair Coffee and Uniontown reopened months ago and she knows NURISH opened two weeks ago. She totally understands Anacostia's beef with the current Big K Project -- housing type. In fact, I am pretty sure Moms could have dashed off a more factual text message on the primary debate surrounding the project.
I don't know if this recent spate of misreporting can be chalked up to an overall agenda (Ward 8 is a mess and will continue to be) or a lack of research. Regardless, the results are damaging. People in our neighborhoods feel like ever time we take a step forward someone is there ready to donkey kick us back another two steps. With friends like this who needs enemies? Who writes an article about a new cafe but doesn't write about the quality of the food but instead hyper-focuses on the bullet proof glass the cafe doesn't have? Who does that? What kind of "reporter" highlights the closed businesses in Anacostia without mentioning that those same businesses reopened months ago and that new businesses have opened along with it? Who does that? And why?!
I have said it before and I say it again, living east of the river means you spend a lot of time educating and re-educating people (including media) about the reality of our neighborhoods. No wonder my neighbors are so skeptical of the media -- they have been getting it so wrong for so long.
East of the river issues are literally not black and white. The just add water and "gentrification" style of reporting is stale. BTW -- Can you guys please stop asking me for interviews on the subject of gentrification? I am just going to say "no." Not only is the subject tired, you will most likely get it wrong, and I don't have the time to educate you. I would much rather talk about the latest trend in canine footie pajamas than the alleged "gentrification" of Ward 8.
Now repeat after me. "East of the River wants, has experience with, and deserves nice things and we are going to report that accurately!"
So my dear Washington Post, either do adequate research when reporting about our Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities OR FOR GOODNESS SAKE'S WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE!
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