PoPville chronicles the happenings in Washington D.C.’s neighborhoods.
Topics covered include quality of life, real estate, restaurants, bars, retail, architecture, gardening, pets, transit, crime and other general observations about daily life in D.C.
PoPville the community has also become, in many ways, an unofficial ombudsman and advisor for many residents in and visitors to the District of Columbia. Readers are able to write in questions and collectively get answers to a host of topics concerning life in the District and life in general.
Today PoPville is a daily/hourly must read site for those who want to be in the know and is, often, where the news get their neighborhood news.
Sandy Thompson says: “PoPville is like an ultra local digital NPR meets New Yorker meets open town hall on steroids. I have to have it to know what the hell is actually going on in this city.”
Anne Herndon says: “I just realized PoPville is like Alexa for DC.”
Susan says: “Literally. It goes personal inbox, work inbox, PoPville, then nytimes”
Harrison O’Neill says: “Apparently last night when I was already half asleep my wife tried to ask me about something…. My half awake response was, according to her, “I don’t know, check PoPville”
CA says during the pandemic: “Centuries from now, most social media will be lost to history, but I am confident PoPville will be archived – a primary source for anyone who wants to understand our now”
-Dan Silverman: Citizen of the District of Columbia/Photo by James Kvaal
PoPville was created by Rockville Centre native Dan Silverman in 2006. Silverman was an early pioneer of neighborhood blogging with an emphasis on concise, photo heavy, street by street coverage. Silverman adopted the flâneur lifestyle (many miles of weekly walkabouts) shortly after moving to the District’s Woodley Park neighborhood in 1997. Having lived in Petworth from 2003-2015, today, Silverman lives with his wife and 2nd generation Washingtonian daughters in North Cleveland Park. The site was originally known as and, in tribute to his blogging roots, Silverman still posts as the Prince of Petworth (PoP).
Silverman has been quoted and/or featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, NBC Washington, and many other local publications.
Washingtonian has called PoPville the “King of Neighborhood Blogs” and The Washington Post has written that Silverman “probably knows more about the District than some beat cops.” Thrillist says, “If you’re not already following this Lord of Local News, you’re doing social media wrong.”
PoPville has been voted multiple times Best Local Blog in the Washington Post Express, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Blade.
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