Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Two more days for the Washington Examiner

While not a fan of their very conservative tinge, especially in the editorials, I will miss their regular coverage of various DC and suburban issues, issues that all too infrequently aren't covered by the Washington Post anymore, as its coverage of the metropolitan area has been significantly cut back.

The columnists generally bugged the crap out of me too.  See the last column by Harry Jaffe, "Farewell to a great paper."

I wish the Post would hire 5-6 of the Examiner's local news writers, and set them loose.

Fewer voices, even ones I often disagree with, generally leaves us worse off  (Rush Limbaugh et al. excepted).

An example of why the Examiner bugs(ged) me is the illogic in editorials.  Advocates for a free market should believe in a level playing field.  This editorial "More government equals less economic, technological progress" criticizes four government acts as anti-innovation, when each is merely an example of treating the same types of parties equally rather than unequally in ways that advantage some over others:

- a tax on sales by food trucks equal to the tax on meals in restaurants.  What's wrong with that?  Well, restauranteurs advocated for it, so it must be bad.

- a tax on online sales when not having a sales tax on retail sales gives online firms an edge over brick and mortar firms...

- a tax on hybrid vehicles because even if they don't use gasoline, their use of the roads involves costs

- cities applying common carrier regulations to Uber, a taxi hailing mobile application, when taxi hailing by computer is not fundamentally different from the provision of regular taxi service, and therefore no justification for differential treatment is present.

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At 5:03 PM, Blogger Eric said...

The only thing I'll miss the Examiner for is the free (albeit dated by several months) NYT crossword. That and better sports coverage than the Express were the only reasons I ever picked one up on days I take metro, although those are few and far between now that I bike commute 95+% of the time.

Auf wiedersehen, Examiner.

At 3:31 AM, Anonymous John M said...

I will miss this paper for its local coverage, sports, and pieces by my friend Michael Barone.

I still have old copies from 2005/2006. Reporters were confined by very short word counts, but, as Richard correctly alludes to, they still covered and uncovered stories not seen elsewhere.

Regardless of its political orientation, the death of this newspaper is a sad day for all local Washington area journalists and consumer of news.

Less debris on the Metro...

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