If you have come recently to the tale of Near Southeast, or you're looking for a summary of what's happened in the past 12 months and what's coming in the next 12 months (hint: peanuts, crackerjack
), take a gander at my 2008 State of the Hood
. With overviews as well as thumbnail sketches of the projects under construction and on the boards for 2008, you can get the big picture of what's happening in the neighborhood that's sometimes hard to grasp from the daily deluge of minutaie. From the SOTH intro:
"If you want some raw numbers on the changes the neighborhood has seen in the past 12 months, you can look at this table
, or just digest this: a neighborhood that had 500 new-construction apartment/condo units and 1.2 million square feet of Class A office space 12 months ago is expected in the next 24 months to be home to 3.3 million square feet of office space, 3000-plus new apartment/condo/affordable housing units and 400 hotel rooms, not to mention a big shiny new baseball stadium."
I also took the opportunity to run some pretty scary JDLand stats as part of my 2007 year in review: "I posted 662 blog entries totalling over 135,000 words (averaging out to 1.8 posts/350 words a day, every day, and filling 191 pages if pasted into Microsoft Word). I also added more than 3,100 photos
documenting the neighborhood's demolition and construction (and took thousands more beyond those). All this productivity on my end does not appear to have been for naught, judging by the estimated 1.3 million hits on JDLand's Near Southeast pages in 2007." I'm guessing 2008--at least the first four months or so--will probably match that pace. Fasten your seat belts....