Greater Greater Wells. DC Councilmember Tommy Wells is great. Really great.


Greater Greater Washington is now Greater Greater Wells

This article was posted as an April Fool's joke. The site has been renamed back to Greater Greater Washington, but you can continue to see the page at

The editors and contributors of Greater Greater Washington are pleased to announce a change that has been in the works for some time: We are changing our name. This site will now be called Greater Greater Wells.

Photo by WABA on Flickr.

The new name reflects our longtime focus on the policies of Councilmember Tommy Wells, such as building more "livable, walkable" communities in and around DC; making streets safer and more pleasant for all users, especially pedestrians and bicycles; and fostering healthy local neighborhood corridors.

As part of our new mission and focus, Greater Greater Wells is also launching a campaign to draft Tommy Wells to run for mayor of DC in 2014. He would bring the best combination of high ethical standards and commitment to good public policy. While members of the DC council have a lot of influence, ultimately most action rests with the executive, and Tommy Wells is the best person for the job.

If you agree, please join our email list for the campaign. We will send occasional updates about how you can help get Tommy Wells elected in 2014.

Meanwhile, you'll notice small changes on the site, such as an updated look and changes to some of the sidebar elements. We've also gotten a new twitter icon and more. We hope you will enjoy reading, commenting on, and contributing to Greater Greater Wells as much as you have enjoyed being a part of Greater Greater Washington since 2008!end_

David Alpert is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greater Greater Washington. He has had a lifelong interest in great cities and great communities. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He loves the area which is, in many ways, greater than those others, and wants to see it become even greater. 


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Years from now when Wells retires let's rename the site Greater Greater Anne Phelps. I think she has the stuff to take the livable walkable torch and run with it.

by Paul S on Apr 1, 2012 8:35 am • linkreport

This is perfect, because just yesterday, I saw Council Member Wells walking his Loof Lirpa by Eastern Market. This is a fitting living tribute.

by Andrew on Apr 1, 2012 8:37 am • linkreport

Why Wells? Don't remember who GGW endorsed last election, but I feel we got burned on Gray. What makes Wells more than just the latest "flavor of the month"?

by Alan on Apr 1, 2012 8:43 am • linkreport

Tommy Wells would be even greater if he switched from the Democratic to the Green Party.

by The Civic Center on Apr 1, 2012 8:46 am • linkreport

I support this. I worked professionally on Democratic Party campaigns before moving to the district. This blog got me interested in DC politics and smart growth. I would love to volunteer my time to helping make Tommy Wells the next mayor and throwing all the bums out. I would also like to see more offline activities in general. The book event at the Shaw library a few months ago was great.

by Nick on Apr 1, 2012 9:05 am • linkreport

Happy April Fools Day to everyone!

by N on Apr 1, 2012 9:06 am • linkreport

I'm saving that twitcon for posterity. I wish I could vote Wells for mayor in 2014, but I'm a lowly Marylander. Long live Greater Greater Wells!

by wmataplusside on Apr 1, 2012 9:07 am • linkreport

No way. Wells is toast. I heard that prosecutors are looking into allegations that he and his staff participated in a vast "shadow" library, through which books were shuffled in, out, and through the District without any records being kept at DCPL. Some of those books appear to have been owned by distant relatives who live hundreds of miles away and have no connection with D.C.'s literacy efforts.

Moreover, Wells' former part-time campaign treasurer apparently owns a full set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, but nobody remembers her spending much time doing research during the campaign.

This could be big.

by Todd on Apr 1, 2012 9:28 am • linkreport

I oppose Wells because I'm working on a "Draft Marion Barry" campaign.

by Dj on Apr 1, 2012 10:22 am • linkreport

Clearly the name should have been Greater Greater Gray

by Omar on Apr 1, 2012 10:31 am • linkreport

Is there any way Wells could run for chair of the FFX bd of supervisors as well as Mayor? that could improve suburban - city cooperation.

by AWalkerInTheCity on Apr 1, 2012 10:32 am • linkreport

I'd support Mr. Wells for mayor even were it not April Fools Day...

by Kim Toufectis on Apr 1, 2012 8:19 pm • linkreport

I'd totally support Wells for mayor, and Phelps to replace him in Ward 6.

by andrew on Apr 2, 2012 12:11 pm • linkreport

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