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Samantha Storey, our former colleague at Seattle Weekly , was a pleasant, capable woman hired to run our Web site, which she did very well.

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Ex-SW Writer Ignites Gawker Flame War

No nappies til Park Slope!

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Samantha Storey, our former colleague at Seattle Weekly, was a pleasant, capable woman hired to run our Web site, which she did very well. She also occasionally wrote for the paper, and clearly had the ambition--and talent--to further pursue journalism as a career. So after she left for New York a few years back, then hired on at The New York Times to help develop Web content there, it was probably only a matter of time before her byline appeared in print. Now it has, attached to a story on a very controversial subject: her home neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, which could be compared to our Wallingford--once affordable and overlooked, now gentrified and overpriced, and often envied/resented by those of us who could never live and raise families within its gentle, nurturing, tree-lined blocks. Only while Wallingford is mildly, politely resented in Seattle, Park Slope is downright hated by many single (read: less affluent) New Yorkers for its proliferation of proud yuppie parents and expensive strollers, which Sam's story nicely captures. She was once in one camp, and now she's joined the breeder contingent, and she's sensible enough to resist this whole divide between haters and hated. Which naturally drew her piece to the attention of über-snarky, über-influential media/gossip site Gawker, where "Park Slope" is usually hurled around as an insult. Except in a break with tradition, Gawker editor Emily Gould actually praised Sam's article, leading to an eruption of vitriolic reader comments, which is why we love the Internet. Way to go, Sam, we're proud of you. If only Wallingford could be so controversial.

 
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