Saturday, November 4, 2017

Still Life with Robin: Life without DCist

Photo by Thomas S Mann
by Peggy Robin

Sad loss! – DCist, for so long the breezy blog of the young and hip around town – is no more. The owner abruptly pulled the plug two days ago. Didn’t even allow for any last-minute, fire-sale bidders who might have saved it, and saved the jobs of the writers, too. Didn’t wait to see if those same writers might be able to pull together a campaign to keep it going….a Kickstarter page….anything to give it a chance to stay alive. Just a farewell letter, and not an especially warm one at that:

Here’s what I’ll miss most:
Overheard in DC:

Listicles, always listicles….like this one, “12 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in DC”

Useful tips, such as this one from the last day of publication, “Here's Where To Bring Your Soon-To-Be Rotting Pumpkins” with specific info on where in each ward to bring your pumpkins for composting:

Updates and complaints and occasionally appreciation of the Metro system – including, most recently, this hypnotic time-lapse video”

Dish of the Week, so I could keep up with hot trends in restaurants that I’ll never visit except online)

…and ending the day with a round-up of late news under the heading, “Go Home Already”

Wish it would come back already!

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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