Well neighbors, we made it through another year. For the blog, it was a year of milestones. We hit over 2,000 Twitter and over 700 Facebook followers. More importantly, we have upped our average daily hits by about 20%, with roughly 400 readers checking in daily on a consistent basis -awesome! Running into random neighbors who appreciate the blog has pushed us to stick with our goal of posting one story a day. Thank you readers!
As was to be expected, Brookland continued to see a lot of change in 2015. We thought readers would appreciate a run down of our most popular stories and the big events that shaped life in our neighborhood.
- Far and away, folks loved our stories about new restaurants and watering holes. Our sneak peek of Dew Drop Inn had almost 2,000 hits and Chipotle’s opening was a close second at 1,900. Optimism’s re-birth as Serendipity and the new bakery,The Baker’s Lounge were also super popular, along with Right Proper Brewery’s opening. Shout to out to Rhode Island newcomers Nido and the Public Option as well.
- Real estate was also a favorite topic, with our story of the first Brookland million dollar home sale getting over 1,800 hits.
- Development stories were also popular, and there were a lot of them. The most popular were Marriott Convention Center updates, the ginormous parking garage at the Metro, and Annie’s Ace Hardware opening across the bridge.
- We said goodbye to Brookland Hardware and ScrapDC, Pope Francis came to town, and the Green Wall project finally became reality.
Sometimes it is difficult to keep things going, but we are committed to the blog and sharing neighborhood news. One note on crime – yes, we know…the 2015 spike in crime really sucks. We have thought about this for years, and even tried to organize to make a difference. We have come realized there are no easy answers, and periodic public meetings and temporary stepped up neighborhood patrols haven’t accomplished much – so sorry to all who have urged us to write about it more.
So here’s to 2016! We look forward to supporting our longstanding businesses and welcoming new ones and new neighbors. Mostly, we hope to keep enjoying and supporting the fabulous neighborhood camaraderie that makes Brookland special.