Bates, Allyson M. The Impact of Gentrification on Low-Income Individuals in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, Howard University, Ann Arbor, 2012.http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1356693498?accountid=8285.
This article studies the factor that gentrified areas or non-gentrified areas has on the likelihood that a low-income household would leave. They found that no matter where the low-income family is housed they are displaced from the overarching city itself. People with high school diplomas or less where places in worse conditions both in the gentrified areas and non-gentrified areas. Even when parts of DC were gentrified, if the low-income resident stayed in the area they had little improvement in their living conditions.
I can use this article as an example of the few people that still did use the Downtown YMCA because they needed it for more than just a “cheap gym.” This article shows that there are people that still live in this gentrified area of DC that have a low-income and could potentially be suffering because of the closing of the YMCA. There is also the fact that these people are most likely overlooked when creating new developments in the gentrified areas of DC, causing their voices and needs to be completely lost.
Chan, Corey. “District of Change: Gentrification and Demographic Trends in Washington, DC.” Chicago Policy Review (Online), 2014.http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1547937984?accountid=8285.
This article talks about the overarching problem with the gentrification of DC. There is an increasing number of white people moving into the city, and a higher number of the lower class that is moving out of DC is black. Higher income black households are found to leave the region all together, creating a segregation of not only class but race as well. When upper-class black people don’t stay in the city it creates little room for a betterment of the communities in the DC area.
This article can help as a descriptor for why the YMCA might have closed in the Dupont area. The change in racial dynamics might have also been a cause of gentrification. The article points to a continuing tension not only between race’s but the economic classes within the African-American race itself. This look on the expanding gentrification of DC could be an explanation to the gentrification that was described by the YMCA CEO in her statement on why the branch closed
Hallett, Vicky. “YMCA Anthony Bowen’s Long History in D.C.” Washington Post, The Washington Post, 3 Sept. 2013, www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/ymca-anthony-bowens-long-history-in-dc/2013/09/03/d75084fe-10e6-11e3-bdf6-e4fc677d94a1_story.html.
This article provides background and evidence of the great facilities that everyone who used the National Capital YMCA will now be utilizing. They are constantly improving and expanding their support systems. The article talks about the history and expansion of the YMCA. The Y went through a lot of different difficulties while it was here but continued to pursue with its mission to help the city.
This article is great to point out the background needed for the YMCA that will be taking over. There is a lot of history that points to different reasons why this building is becoming the main YMCA in the DC area. This was one of the first YMCA’s that was open to the black community. So as the District goes through gentrification it can continue to be a light for those of the lower-class as a place that is always open to them.
“YMCA National Capital – CLOSED.” Welcome to YMCA National Capital – CLOSED | YMCA DC, www.ymcadc.org/branch.cfm?bid=11.
This is the old site for the Downtown YMCA. It has a statement on the reasoning for its closing and connects you to a link that brings you to a full statement on why it was closed. In the statement we as members of the YMCA are reassured that everything will be okay, and jobs, and facilities will all be maintained. There is another YMCA that is just a mile away that will be improved and provide a great location that will replace the other YMCA.
I can use this as an example of the continuation of support that the YMCA will do for the District. Though there has and continues to be massive gentrification the YMCA wants people to know that they are still a support system for all who needs it especially the lower class families. This article is a good connection between the CEO and the people who use the YMCA every day. It is also proof that the Y wants to provide easy access to families to utilize everything they have to offer.