Najarro, Ileana. “Frank D. Reeves Center’s Glory Days Long Gone, Locals Say.” The Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2014, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/frank-d-reeves-centers-glory-days-long-gone-locals-say/2014/08/08/c20fbebc-1e7c-11e4-ae54-0cfe1f974f8a_story.html.
The Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center was opened in 1986 by Marion Barry and served to indicate government interest in a neighborhood that was still struggling to recover from the 1968 riots. The building houses many departments of local government and is the location of many community meetings and local events. A plan existed in 2014 to sell the building to a developer along with property at Buzzard Point for the construction of a stadium in exchange for 30 million dollars. Many local residents see this as being disrespectful to the memory of Frank D. Reeves, a former law professor at Howard University and an advisor to John F. Kennedy. Additionally, neighbors fear that this removes a valuable common space that will likely be replaced with luxury apartments, further gentrifying the area.
This article is of utility because of its recency, methodology, and source. Being of 2014, this article provides a modern perspective on an area that has been serviced by the building since 1986. Its methodology includes interviews of residents and background on the area which provides unique perspectives. The source being the Washington Post indicates reliability and accurate reporting due to the reputation of the publication.
Bridenbaugh, Thomas D, and Adam Gooch. “Summary Appraisal Report: Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center.” DC Land Value Panel, 11 Dec. 2013, http://lims.dccouncil.us/download/31817/b20-0805-q5-a-1-reeves-appraisal10.pdf.
This report is published in anticipation of the possibility of future deals for the sale of the property. It is produced by the Land Value Panel headed by Thomas D. Bridenbaugh and Adam Gooch. It contains various assessments of the private and public value of various aspects of the building and the property as well as provides detailed diagrams of its floor planning and structure. It is useful in visualizing the quantitative aspects of the building in contrast with the qualitative views of its neighbors and users.
“Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project.” Black Broadway on U, Black Broadway on U, LLC, 2016, http://blackbroadwayonu.com/.
Shows the history and importance of the U Street Neighborhood, what is colloquially known as “Washington DC’s Black Broadway.”