The Washington Post real estate section needs to up its game
The Washington Post real estate section feature on neighborhoods, called "Where we live," and written by freelancers frequently is under-researched and the articles tend to contain errors of fact.
That's definitely the case with this weekend's feature on the H Street Northeast neighborhood ("The H Street Corridor is Reborn"). The article attributes the improvement on the corridor to the Transportation and Streetscape Study. It happens that particular study and plan followed the economic revitalization study called Revival, which was finished in 2003. The Revival plan recommended that a Transportation and Streetscape Study be conducted.
There are other factual errors in the piece also.
It happens that I was talking the other day with a Post columnist who writes on real estate issues and s/he lamented that editor of the section doesn't really understand urban planning and land use issues.
I lamented that unlike the paper of a couple of decades ago, people won't be able to look at back issue articles online and be able to make sense of how the city has (re)developed over the decades, because the coverage is no longer authoritative and lacks depth.
WRT real estate issues and general accuracy, probably the Monday Capital Business section is a better bet than the Saturday Real Estate Section.
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