City Paper is not for tourists
Capitalism took on a socialist tinge in the District this year, as everyone from restaurant owners to real estate developers to crime bloggers turned to the power of the masses for cash. In Adams Morgan, popular popsicle farmer’s market stand Pleasant Pops opened a brick-and-mortar shop thanks to $26,367 raised from 423 backers on Kickstarter.com. Union Market’s Righteous Cheese stand did the same, and the forthcoming Bardeo on Bladensburg Road NE is also using crowdsourced money for some startup costs. Developer Herb Miller’s sons Ben and Dan Miller pulled in small-batch investments to their new Fundrise project to build out Maketto, a fashion/food collaboration on H Street NE between shoe and sportswear brand DURKL and the restaurateurs behind Toki Underground. And when the founders of Homicide Watch D.C. moved to Cambridge, Mass., for a fellowship, they raised $40,000 on Kickstarter to hire replacements to keep the site running in their absence. From each according to their ability, to each according to their need. And their PayPal account.