Ravenna Blog turns THREE — The year in review

On August 8, 2008, I published the very first Ravenna Blog post. Just a humble little “Hello, World” to get things started.

This past year, I posted a video of the President of the United States’ motorcade driving though our neighborhood that has now been viewed almost 270,000 times.

Last year for the Ravenna Blog’s birthday, I did a reflective year in review post. But in the past year, SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENED that I have decided to expand the review post into more of a review week. I hope you’ll indulge me this look back at the neighborhood news — and I hope you’ll find it interesting, too.


My aim with this site has always been to cover the big stuff that happens in the neighborhood, and to cover the small stuff, too. Because, to residents, this “small stuff” can be the biggest stuff of all.

An example of what I mean by this can be found in this post from August 10, 2008, “Ravenna Avenue Sidewalk REPAIRED.”

Broken and bumpy sidewalk made new again, in front of the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center and adjoining Ravenna Apartments (August 10, 2010)

A few dozen square feet of new cement, in front of a building used by the entire community. Parents with babies in strollers would appreciate this news. The elders in the neighborhood would appreciate this news. Kids on bikes, or even smaller tykes just leaning to walk would appreciate this news. I took some pictures, typed up a post, and put it on the site for all to read.

Definitely not a high pageview sort of story. But that was not the point, of course.

The President may not drive down our streets every day, but there are folks who walk that stretch of sidewalk every day. And they live here. And I write for them.

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