Monday, July 19, 2010
There's a nice piece today in Capital by Eliza Shapiro about the collaboration between NYU and The New York Times — The Local:EV ... She quotes EV Grieve and cites the February post from here that prompted quite a bit of discussion hereabouts.
Eliza's piece has prompted some follow-up stories... There's a well-balanced analysis by Joe Pompeo at the Business Insider titled Should The East Village "Blog Mafia" Really Be Out To "Stop" The New York Times' Hyperlocal Experiment?
Both articles mention a comment that Jeremiah left on the February post in which he wrote:
“They need to be stopped, and the EV Blog Mafia can stop them.”
Well, for the record, Jeremiah was joking. The "EV Mafia" tag goes back to a reader comment on Blah Blog Blah last September. It was a derisive comment that we found both humorous and fascinating... and it became an inside joke...
In any event, there's not much else to say about the Local at the moment... There are many important societal issues to be addressed in the neighborhood (that some blogs as well as The Villager have covered), such as an uptick in youth violence, a lack of transportation for seniors and a loss of retail diversity. I hope that the LEV will use some of their vast resources to address some of these things...