No Smoking, Typewriters or Fedoras in This “City Room”

The New York Times metro reporting team has launched its new blog, City Room, with a flattering profile of Streetsblog by Sewell Chan, the web site’s bureau chief.

Regardless of the flattery (and legendary columnist Pete Hamill’s recent admonition not to "waste your time with blogs") I suspect City Room points to the future of professional journalism and newspaper reporting.

Here’s what former DOT spokeswoman Kay Sarlin had to say about Streetsblog:

Before Streetsblog launched, there was no centralized forum for people who are passionate about transportation. Advocates gained a powerful ally with its inception, because reporters and government officials started reading the site. Often, Streetsblog’s greatest strength is posting photos that highlight a problem. When they show dozens of bikes crowded together next to a Williamsburg L stop, it becomes clear that more people are choosing to ride bicycles and that on-street bicycle parking is needed. They help the conversation become focused on ‘How can we fix this?’ instead of ‘Is this really a problem?’

  • JK

    Congratulations Aaron, Mark and Streetsbloggers. This is well deserved recognition.

  • Jon Graf

    Congratulations you guys! What can be better than a bunch of professionals writing about how to make life in such a great city even more enjoyable?

    Your cause is noble and people love it 🙂

  • momos

    With a newly progressive DOT and congestion pricing on the way, these are exciting times for Streetsblog and transportation advocates alike. Here’s to another year of awesome Streetsblogging. Great work, everybody!

  • I just want to say congrats, Streetsblog. From a fellow livable cities blogger in Miami, it’s really great to see the progress you guys have made in just a year.

    Keep up the good work!

  • mfs

    congrats guys!

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