This week, GM is celebrating his tenth anniversary by going through some of the notable stories he covered over the years. Today he is strolling through the middle years, from 2013 to 2015.
One of the bigger projects from this period was the BID-driven Georgetown 2028 plan. This was a report filled with recommendations for what changes Georgetown could make to best position itself to continue to be a thriving neighborhood in 2028. And while it was led by the BID, the committees guiding it had residents as well as business owners (GM served on the steering committee).
The final report had recommendations covering topics as wide as transportation, street furniture, the canal and the neighborhood’s gateways. But perhaps the most eye-catching parts of the report called for a Metro stop in Georgetown, and, until then, a gondola. Both those ideas are still but dreams, however the push for the gondolas continues.
The report also led to the creation of Georgetown Heritage, the non-profit established to restore the canal. They are responsible for the massive project to rebuild the third lock, which was in danger of completely collapsing. With its completion, the canal boat will be able to return for tourist rides. Continue reading
Exactly ten years ago this Thursday, GM started publishing the Georgetown Metropolitan. The name was chosen in order to continue the publication of an earlier Georgetown Metropolitan, a newspaper that was published in the then independent city from approximately 1820 to 1837. The photo above is from July 12, 1826 and contains a report on the deaths of former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
Frankly, when he started it, GM doubted it would continue for more than a year or so. But here we are ten years later. And a lot has happened to both Georgetown and GM personally over that period. This week, he’ll rehash some of those events. And today he’ll talk about the “distant” past of 2008 to 2012. Continue reading