I almost forgot my own anniversary! It was on January 19, 2003
(a beautifully clear but cold day) that I made Mr. JD
drive me around Near Southeast while I shot a bunch of pictures out the passenger window, which I then posted on the web
to show the two or three people who visited JDLand. Little did I know that that little excursion would turn into the monster time-waster that we all know and love today as the Near Southeast DC Redevelopment web site. Here are pictures that I took on that day
, and you can see how some locations have changed a lot, but how many others still look pretty much the same. We'll see what those look like four years from now, I guess (if I'm not renting a suite at St. Elizabeth's by that point).
As for the site itself, it wasn't much at the beginning
, but by late 2003
it had found the basic look-and-feel that continues to this day. But maybe it's gotten just a touch more in-depth since then, thanks not only to my obsessive-compulsiveness but also my desire to demonstrate to people the possibilities of "hyperlocal" web sites.
Finally, this is also a day for me to say a big thanks to everyone who visits the site, and I hope that you continue to find it useful (or at least slightly entertaining) in the future....