Outside of my place in Fairlawn I spend most of my time east of the river in Anacostia Park--jogging, wandering, reading, and chatting with those fishing. While Fairlawn is home, and near the east bank of the river, this site seeks to shine a light on political, economic, and social issues impacting all regions of the city (and beyond), with an eye toward the implications for struggling households and under served neighborhoods in general and Wards 7 and 8 in particular. I do not think of it as a neighborhood micro-blog. Since I am not a developer nor a real estate professional I have no stake in re-labeling East of the River neighborhoods as River East, East Bank, Chesapeake West, or anything else. My zip code is 20020 but my ecological address is the east bank of the Anacostia River, in the Anacostia Watershed.