13 May 2024

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: A New Blog

It’s hard to believe, but it has been 15 years since we began posting as The Hill is Home. We will be celebrating that later this week, but right now, we just want to look at some early milestones from our time on line. Note that a number of these links will not go to pages exactly like what they were back then. We have had to move to a number of providers over the years, and some of the pictures from the early days have gone missing along the way. Nonetheless, what remains will give you some idea of what things were like for us in the early days.

We start the obvious: our very first post. Posted on May 20, 2009 by our founder, Kate McFadden, it introduced us to the world by comparing ourselves to other local and hyper-local blogs from around the world. And it is exactly this vision that has guided us since then: We wanted to help our readers find out what is important to their neighborhood.

There were a number of important events that first year that we returned to numerous times. The first was the grand reopening of Eastern Market in June of 2009, which also prompted the very first appearance of my work on the blog. While it was not published under my name, the pictures I took of the reopening of the Market marked an important milestone in the blog’s evolution.

The biggest story in our first year was probably the Hine Development, and how public opinion changed how it looked over time. We published numerous articles about the plans that were made (and discarded) along the way. Deciding which of these best represented our work here was not an easy task, but in the end, the article about the four original design proposals was the one that best fit our modus operandi of giving our readers the information they needed to make up their own minds.

This next link is one that was important for me, personally. Not just because it was my first history article, but because it was about a subject near to my heart: Public transportation on the Hill. Not only that, it was about a building on the Square that my own house sits on. I have come back to this well many times since then, and it is hardly empty yet.

And last, but certainly not least, is the very first article published by our very own Maria Helena Carey. At the time, she still considered herself a newcomer, and was happy to offer a newcomer’s perspective to our blog. After 15 years of covering all sorts of Hill events, she can hardly be called a newcomer, but her perspective remains as important as ever to us at the blog – and to the Hill.

We look forward to remaining your source for Hill information and history, and are excited about what the future holds for all of us!


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