My favorite thing about being editor-in-chief of Forest Hills Connection is sniffing out and telling the stories that you care about. One of my least favorite tasks is asking you for financial support. However, it’s a necessary one in order to keep the Forest Hills Connection going and setting it on a sustainable path toward a future in which I step aside to let others tell your stories.
I would like to start with what I’m most proud of.
Need to know
We feel it’s important to educate and inform readers about our ANC and local advocates’ efforts to improve our neighborhood, and how to navigate local government to get things done ourselves. Just a few examples:
- A local 2016 voters guide with links to information on everyone from the presidential to the ANC 3F candidates.
- A guide to when it’s appropriate to call 911, and when 311 is your best bet.
- The rights of renters in our many high-rise buildings
- The ongoing work by Van Ness Main Street to support and promote our local businesses
Good to know
This publication covers an area that is rich in nature and history. These are just a few examples:
- Marking the changing of seasons with amazing photos and updates on our furry and flighty neighbors.
- The ongoing and award-winning work to restore the long-buried Broad Branch Stream.
- Learning about the Van Ness Center’s past as DC’s first indoor mall.
- Letting Peirce Mill take us 200 years into the past with its living history demonstrations.
What everyone is talking about
I truly used to worry we wouldn’t have enough news and neighborhood information to share with you week after week. Now we worry about keeping up with it all. Here are some of the hot topics we have brought you:
- Chick-fil-A’s attempt to move into Van Ness.
- New retail opening on the ground floor at Park Van Ness.
- Three new concert series finding an interim home at the UDC Theater of the Arts.
- Opening of the UDC Student Center
And this barely scratches the surface. We have published more than 1,500 stories since Forest Hills Connection launched in April 2012. Our coverage extends beyond Forest Hills to the Connecticut Avenue commercial areas, Wakefield, North Cleveland Park. At times, we tell stories from Tenleytown, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park and Crestwood. We are all connected by geography, by interests, by community. And we hope this publication has strengthened these connections and can continue to do so.
Forest Hills Connection is a project of the Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance, a 501(c)3 organization. Your tax-deductible donation will help us upgrade the look and navigation of the site, and add a paid, part-time position focusing on advertising and events. Our goal is to raise an additional $5,000 by the end of the year. We need your support to do this. You can:
We currently have more than 1,000 subscribers to our monthly email newsletter, more than 5,000 unique visitors per month, and 12,000 visits per month, on average. Our readers are high income and highly motivated to support local businesses.
Forest Hills Connection started in 2012 with 500 email addresses and a dream of a more tightly-knit community. Let’s continue to build and support this great hyperlocal publication together.