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Zip Code Dispatches: Is your economy on the mend?

Economists have been saying that the recession that began in December 2007 with the subprime mortgage loan craziness and took a nosedive in the fall of 2008 is, technically at least, over. And though unemployment remains high, at 10 percent, economists are predicting growth in the spring. (Sort of sounds like Chauncey Gardner in the movie "Being There," doesn't it?)

Over the summer, I was reading Home Economics, a series of dispatches in The New York Times by writers in different parts of the country on how the recession was affecting each of their communities. One writer in Detroit found a booming business for bicycles as the engine of the former Motor City went silent. Another wrote about a fish store in Iowa City.

I got to thinking, how cool would it be if people in this area wrote dispatches, or sent in observations about what they're seeing in their own communities - a sort of recovery watch by zip code in the Washington, D.C. region, if you will.

E-mail me with your idea or the story of your own life or an observation from your own zip code. We'll compile the dispatches and publish the best ones here on the blog.

By Brigid Schulte  | December 29, 2009; 9:29 AM ET
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