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The year is quickly coming to a close, and I’ve been looking back through our archives. I can’t tell you how proud I am of what we’ve accomplished together in 2019.

We’ve made a big impact with our reporting this year:

  • We were the first to report that St. Elizabeths, the city’s only public psychiatric hospital, was operating without running water.

  • Our food editor took a look at accessible dining in D.C. and the Washington Post’s critic cited her reporting in his decision to start publishing accessibility information in his reviews

  • We published a years-long investigation into troubling practices at D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency that are endangering its staff and the children it cares for. 

  • City Paper spent four months collecting remembrances of more than 40 of the 160 people murdered in D.C. this year.

We’ve covered life in D.C.:

  • On the day the rest of the country was obsessing over the Mueller Report, we covered a day in life in the real D.C. Your D.C.

  • We were there when the Nats clinched a playoff berth and when they won the whole damn thing. 

  • We published an oral history of gentrification in U Street and Shaw.

  • City Paper contributors past and present told us about their favorite private monuments—the D.C. that only locals see.

And perhaps most exciting of all, we have a goal of raising $25,000 by the end of the year, and when you give today your gift will be matched! 

Those stories—the multi-year investigations and the fun ones—all cost money. In fact, they’re really expensive. They require long hours from reporters, careful revisions by editors, reviews by lawyers, stunning work from our photographer, and, of course, paper and ink. We believe a new business model is the best way to keep making the types of stories you care about, and we need your help to do it.

From now until December 31, when you become a member of City Paper you can double your support thanks to our matching funds campaign. Your support will help us achieve our goal of creating a sustainable, community-supported City Paper, and it also comes with some pretty cool swag.

Give now and double your gift.

Sincerely,

Alexa Mills, Editor