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Hill Blogs a ‘Labor of Love’

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A few years later, when news started to break about the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, Dupree started to pay attention. And a few years after that, Dupree made her husband drive her around so she could take pictures so that her father could see what the area looked like.

Soon after, she built a couple of webpages to keep track of links to plans.

Dupree said growing up in the Washington, D.C., area she spent much of her childhood in Chevy Chase was what inspired her to keep track of the development. Going east of 16th Street Northwest was unheard of when she was in high school because thats where the hookers were. Going to the old location of the 9:30 Club on Ninth and F streets Northwest felt like taking your life into your own hands.

But as she watched development take place downtown and along Massachusetts Avenue Northwest during the 1990s, she couldnt help but wonder what would happen to the area she lived in.

If this sort of thing can start to happen in these neighborhoods, what about this neighborhood thats south of the freeway and is less than a mile from the Capitol? she asked. Theres just no way that this development is not coming down there too.

And she was right. JDLand took off in September 2004, before it was announced Nationals Park would be built in the area.

The following years were a flurry of posts, plans and photos for Dupree, all a side project to her full-time job at the Washington Post.

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, theres been less work for Dupree to do. But she continues on, whether its a blog post about the new name of the Navy Yard Metro stop or asking her readers for feedback on what theyre looking for.

Its a labor of love, she said.

The spectrum of the Hill blog stretches on, from the anonymous posts of H Street Great Street to the newsy reports from the Eastern Market Metro Community Association.

But thats the beauty of covering the Hill, Christian said. She doesnt think theres an overabundance of blogs because theres so much to cover and, in her opinion, not enough people to cover it.

Theres a need here, especially with all the development, she said. I dont see that changing anytime soon.

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