It’s time to say good-bye, for now

Saying good-bye is never easy, but faced with an unfortunate funding reality, and out of respect for our readers and the complex issues DCentric tackles, we have come to a decision: We are shutting down this blog.

Since August 2010, DCentric has been a place to read and participate in a nuanced discussion about the intersection of race and class in Washington, D.C. We have written about unemployment, the digital divide, food deserts, the black middle class, gentrification, These and other timely topics, often pushed far from the front page, have lived above the fold on DCentric.

On a personal note, I moved to Washington D.C. in early 2011 and this blog was a terrific resource for me, teaching me about the unique history and complex issues that make the district such an interesting place to live. I’m thrilled to have been part of a blog that contributed to an important conversation on the city’s changing demographics and how they affect many aspects of residents’ lives.

DCentric was a grant-funded endeavor, existing initially through funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Knight Foundation, and most recently through generous support from Ginny McArthur. With the exit of blogger Elahe Izadi this week, we believe the time has come to end DCentric, at least for now.

Should we locate funding for the blog that would enable us to staff it appropriately and maintain the quality our online users deserve, we will re-launch DCentric. Until then, we extend our sincere gratitude to all the regular and occasional DCentric readers.

  • Brennan

    This is really a terrible loss.  I read DCentric every day, and I enjoy the candid tone you guys take on when discussing tough issues.  I’ll keep my ears open for when you re-launch!

  • Popeye

    What a shame. Great blog.

  • Abbey Otis

    Oh no! This is a terrible loss for the city. There are far too few outlets for these kinds of discussions, and their lack doesn’t bode well for D.C.’s development as a just and thoughtful community. I always loved this blog and I now regret not participating more actively or voicing my support more loudly. Is there anything supporters can do? You will be missed.

  • emily chow

    SO sad to see this blog go =( 

  • Vincent Verweij

    Thank you DCentric, for shedding a light on race relations in DC to a completely clueless foreigner like me. It has made me understand the dynamics of this city in so many ways.

  • Becky Harlan

    Oh no! This is such a great forum for education and discussion. I really hope that you can find the means to restart the blog. Thank you for all of the work that went into sharing these stories and perspectives.