Save Eastern Market: The Power of Community

By Anil Dash

Washington D.C.’s Eastern Market isn’t just a national historic landmark, it’s the heart of the Capitol Hill community. For nearly 150 years, the Market has nourished the community with produce, breads, cheeses, and meats direct from the people who produce them. But it’s also fed the community’s need for connection, acting as a gathering place, a social hub that ties the Hill together.

Save Eastern Market Then, late last month, the Market was closed for the first time since 1873 by a devastating fire, which gutted much of the building and collapsed part of its roof. It’s the kind of destruction that could have marked the end of the landmark, a loss that would have been permanent and profound.

Enter Save Eastern Market. The Movable Type-powered blog launched in the hours after the fire, first serving as a gathering place for information about the fire, and then acting to collect links to all of the efforts and fundraisers being held to help restore the Market to its former glory. Created by Capitol Hill residents, Jason Levine and Shannon Culbertson, who’ve long been members of the Movable Type community, the site is acting as a central clearinghouse for information about the Market and the city’s efforts to rebuild.

Movable Type Featured Blog Especially when joined with other DC-area Movable Type blogs like DCist, Metroblogging DC and the Washington Post, Save Eastern Market shows how bloggers are helping to tell the story of Eastern Market and to inspire the community as the fundraising and rebuilding effort begins. We can’t wait to see all of these blogs post about the Market’s reopening, and we’re pleased to make Save Eastern Market a Movable Type Featured Blog.