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.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Article on the decline of the Washington Post

Of course, if you are a regular reader of this newspaper, the decline of the newspaper is very evident in the reduction of the size of the newspaper, both in terms of the number of pages with news and feature content, as well as the decline in the amount of advertising, both as a result of the Internet's cherrypicking of classified advertising, and in the reduction in the number of locally owned businesses (department stores, banks, car dealerships, other retail).

The Metro section--the section of the paper with "local" news--is particularly anemic, and the previously zoned section of once/week additional local news, the "Extra" section, has been completely vaporized with the exception of the weekly zoned events calendar and some other content.

(Fortunately, the DC Examiner has picked up some of the slack, providing some additional local coverage, and quoting some sources other than the same old, same old that the Post relies upon.)

See "Post Apocalypse: Inside the messy collapse of a great newspaper," from the New Republic.
Earns Washington Post
AP photo.

Of course, this doesn't get into the "Growth Machine" aspects of the paper, and how it supports the traditional ways of running the city, and its anti-democratic positions with regard to local governance especially in DC, but also in Prince George's County.



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