As you may or may not have heard, Urban Scrawl is shutting down. I won’t bore you with the details (we’re rebranding as a Russian troll farm to get some of that sweet, sweet Super PAC money for the midterms), but in this moment I’m keeping in mind the famous saying by Dr. Seuss: “Don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad that you averaged 30K unique pageviews per month!” (Looking to hire a writer? Call me.) (But not until I’ve exhausted all my unemployment checks.) … OUR MOST POPULAR POSTS OF ALL TIME!
Before we rush headlong into 2018, let’s take just a moment to pause and reflect on the things we did well in 2017. And when I say “pause and reflect,” what I mean is, “slather ourselves in glory like a gravy-basted Christmas turkey.”
Without further ado, here are the top stories from 2017, minus a few evergreen posts that seem to get thousands of views every year no matter what. (I’m not surprised that so many people are googling “buy legal weed in DC,” but I am a little surprised – not to mention concerned – that so many people are looking for abandoned buildings in DC. I don’t understand it, so I’m just going to blame millennials.) … URBAN SCRAWL’S TOP STORIES OF 2017
The term “planned community” is a little like the terms “arranged marriage” or “vintage style” – when people hear them, they tend to recoil. Maybe there’s something discomfiting about the idea that something as organic as a community – or a marriage, or a cool old shirt – could be created intentionally. And yet, planned communities have a pretty good track record. LeDroit Park, one of the District’s most coveted and beloved neighborhoods, was a planned community. … THE CREEPIEST LITTLE TOWN IN FLORIDA (OR ANYWHERE ELSE)