Georgetown Metropolitan - July 12, 1826 - Reporting on the deaths of Presidents Jefferson and Adams.

From 1820 to 1837, a newspaper called the Georgetown Metropolitan was published in the city of Georgetown, DC.  For a short while, it was published by John L. O’Sullivan and his brother-in-law Samuel Langtree. O’Sullivan faded into obscurity until the middle of the 20th century when the term “Manifest Destiny” was attributed to him.

So what does this have to do with 2008? Well, not much. But, basically I’ve realized that the neighborhood of Georgetown lacks a neighborhood blog. I’ve decided to give it a try. I looked through Georgetown’s history for a worthy name to resurrect and the Georgetown Metropolitan sounded perfect to me. And so I have reestablished the Georgetown Metropolitan, 171 years since it last was printed. With luck, the Georgetown Metropolitan will serve as a valuable information source for Georgetown residents.

The Georgetown Metropolitan is written by Topher Mathews. He has been a Georgetown resident since 2003. He takes the D2 to work every day and he orders Pizzeria Paradiso for takeout every single Thursday night. He thinks Montrose Park is the best park in Georgetown.

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Contact him at Editor(at)Georgetownmetropolitan(dot)com.

Image of the original Georgetown Metropolitan courtesy of the Library of Congress.


24 responses to “About

  1. Cecily Hilleary

    A very nice blog–

    I thought you might be interested in my own recently-started blog, a collection of stories of old Washington and Georgetown…

    Cecily Hilleary

  2. Amy

    I was wondering if you’ve heard when Ristorante Piccolo, which burned up in October, will be re-opening. Thanks!

  3. Tiffani Cailor

    Your blog is wonderful. I moved away a year and a half ago and just found you via Carol Joynt’s incredible blog.

    Thanks for the updates as they make me feel connected to the community again.


  4. David

    Email me for the when the new safeway open.

  5. GM

    David I think the Safeway is likely to reopen late spring at the earliest. They said 11 months from when it closed (which was mid April) but I doubt they’ll meet that. I’m putting the over-under at June 1st.

  6. Geeta


    I live in U Street, but just started a blog that I think my Georgetown neighbors can relate to. I started an experiment to see if I can find love within six degrees of separation, since DC dating is brutal!


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  8. Great post – thanks for the update. Great info for would-be homebuyers in the Glover Park/Georgetown area. Keep it coming!
    – The Wydler Brothers Realty Team

  9. Your photos are amazing and gorgeous! I love them. Georgetown is one of my favorite places to visit. I will come to your blog next time we plan on a visit to Georgetown.

  10. who are you?

    I find that this blog has become too laden with the personal opionions of the author — often judgemental. Why do you continue referring to yourseld as “GM” within your writing — as if you were using some level of journalistic objectivity? While there is a need for more local news, and objective opinion, I’ve lost interest in your site.

  11. GM

    Objective opinion is an oxymoron.

  12. who are you?

    Your opinions are so personal, its odd that you decline to take personal ownership of them — and rather use the guise of a newspaper.

  13. KDM

    Good to meet you at the gallery last night. Do let me know or see Lee’s reaction to your query!

  14. Hello,

    I’d like to invite you to the National Geographic Museum’s blogger preview on Feb. 3 from 6-8 p.m. for the upcoming exhibition, America I AM: The African America Imprint.

    Take a journey through trials and triumphs while exploring nearly 500 years of African American contributions to the economic, political, cultural, and spiritual development of the United States. Bear witness to more than 200 poignant artifacts from the dungeon doors of the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana to Prince’s guitar. Created in collaboration with leading scholars such as Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West, the exhibition is presented by Tavis Smiley, and organized by Cincinnati Museum Center and Arts and Exhibitions International.

    Though this blogger preview is free, the exhibition will be ticketed for the general public; Adults – $12; Members/military/seniors (over62)/students – $10; Groups (25+) – $8; Children (ages 2-12) – $6; K-12 school groups – $6. The exhibit will be open to the public daily from 9am-5pm from Feb. 2 through May 1, 2011.

    The National Geographic Museum is located at 1145 17th Street NW. Space is limited so please RSVP by Jan 29th. Photography will be allowed only during the event only. Please feel free to bring stands, lights and any equipment you would like. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph once-in-a-lifetime items as well as enter to win three tickets to BANFF Film Festival! For more information on BANFF visit, http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/event-series/banff-mountain-film-festival/

    Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible!
    RSVP by responding to Kristina Libby at Kristina@kristinalibby.com and contact her for questions. We hope to see you on Feb. 3.

    Katelyn Smith

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  17. Joseph Ebersole

    Can you help in any way in creating a buzz to encourage a useful tenant to go into the griffian market space? Chicken Out is one obvious possibility, but anything that provides prepared foods — and without the need for the extranous market space — could likely susrvive there. If they don’t have catering — one of Griffin’s great features, we can just go to Wagshals. But the nightly prepared meals are what was really unique in georgetown. Anything you might do to help would be great. Thanks!

  18. Robert S

    Even though, my family lived up the hill near Wisconsin and Massachusetts Aves, I attended Holy Trinity School during the 1960s and belonged to JeIleff Boys Club and always felt that I grew up in Georgetown. As a child, I loved reading the Current and Georgetowner every week, usually sitting in one of the big leather chairs at Riggs waiting for my mother. I think growing up will all the wonderful old Federal and Second Empire houses gave me my love for history and architecture. I love to read and wax nostalgic about my long lost hometown. Last time we were in Washington, I took my daughter to lunch at Clyde’s (what happened to the spooks!) and we walked around, she seemed to enjoy the old neighborhood. Bravo.

  19. ML Field

    Montrose Park is the best park in DC, VA or MD.

  20. Clare

    I live in Anne Arundel County in a group of townhomes officially named “Colonial Georgetown Townhomes.” I’m doing some interior remodeling and googled “colonial georgetown architecture” and found your 2010 article titled “Field Guide to Georgetown Homes: Colonial and Federal Period.” I was delighted! My townhome has the paneled front door with the 4 little windows, the dentil molding (simpler than the one you show), and the windows with the small panes of glass throughout the home. However, as your article proceeds through further discussion, the referenced photos are “not found”–from the palladian windows to the end of the article. Is there any chance you could resurrect the links in that article? I would really like to see the photos.

  21. Mike

    I second the motion “Clare” brought up. I’d love to see the old links!

  22. Sir,
    I wonder why all of the streets in Georgetown are not designated “one way street”. This solution would have resolved the situation of cars getting stuck and the ensuing traffic jam because there is not enough room for two large cars to cross each other. Especially the actual tendency is to have larger and larger cars (SUV). The on-street parking will not be affected. Any comment?

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