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7th Flats at the Progression Place: Annotated Bibliography 7-10

“Onsite Retail| 7th Flats | Apartments near the Shaw – Howard U Metro.” 7th Flats. Bozzuto, n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

This website provides information about the floor plans, gallery, features, amenities, retail, the neighborhood, services, reasons why people should choose Bozzuto, and contact. The article under “features” explains how people can decorate their apartment as they wish. People with an “individualistic style” can be identified with this space. There is also a list that contains the amenities the apartments have. There is also information available about the restaurants and stores there downstairs, such as “Eat The Rich” and At&t. The website also provides a short paragraph with a description of the neighborhood the 7th Flats is in. In the gallery, there are several images of the 7th Flats, allowing the viewer to see how it is like in the inside and the outside. Also, the website contains a list of all the services that are provided for all residents of the 7th Flats, such as coffee and tea services, and 24-hour emergency maintenance and concierge.

This website is useful for my Built Environment Description because it provides much information that will help me back up a simple statement. For example, for the exterior part of my Built Environment Description, I can inculcate the description of the Neighborhood in a form of comparison to the actual apartment building. Therefore, I will not just have facts, but an argumentation. Some of the information provided on this website is similar to other websites I will use for my Built Environment Description.

“7th Flats – Washington, DC.” MyNewPlace. Realpage Inc., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

This website provides information about the apartments in 7th Flats at the Progression Place. It states all the floor plans, property details, and reasons why people should live in these apartments. The article states all the benefits there are in living in the 7th Flats, such as being right next to the Shaw-Howard U Metro. Also, the short paragraph that provides convincing information in why people should like there describe the apartments as “urban, alive, and seductive”. It also describes the building as innovative, since it is setting higher standards for Shaw. The amenities are listed on the website as well; those are a concierge, brand new, on-site retail, pet-friendly, rapid transit, and smart rent.

This website is useful for my built environment description because it provides information that will help me develop a strong argument about the 7th Flats at the Progression Place. Also, the website contains information that I have not yet found in other sources, such as the statement that responds to the question “why”. This page is a reliable source because it is stated that information is derived from Bozzuto, which is the company that manages the 7th Flats at the Progression Place. Prices are also available, which helps me develop my argumentation when it comes to spaces and prices, and discuss if the apartments are worth in their size and price.

“With $2.7M Loan, D.C. Aid to Progression Place Increases.” Washington Business Journal, 15 June 2012. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

This website focuses and talks about how much the 7th Flats at the Progression Place is worth. It specifically mentions how the 7th Flats at the Progression Place was built with a loan of 2.7 Million dollars from the District’s Housing Production Trust Fund. Also, the website specifies how many apartments are available (205), and highlighting that only 51 are affordable. The building has a 19,000 square feet of ground and the underground garage is an 185-space. There is also information about a 50,000-square-foot office condominium at Progression Place that UNICEF paid for $23.87 million dollars.

This website is very useful for my Built Environment Description because this website offers details about the money topic of the Progression Place. It gives details of tax, rentals, money owed, and more. Knowing about how much is owed and how much is paid helps big-time for the background analysis of my essay. I can research and analyze the statistic area of the 7th Flats at the Progression Place. Also, I can make the overall assumption how it affects DC’s economy with the information given in this article. Lastly, this information helps my essay not only have descriptive information but also statistical and monetary information which will help me form an argumentative analysis.

7th Flats at Progression Place: The Bozzuto Website

     The 7th Flats at Progression Place are built by the Bozzuto Construction company. Bozzuto displays an organized, neat, well-oriented website for the 7th Flats. The website states its purpose clearly: sell apartments. Also, the words “7TH FLATS” is written capitalized, which basically are the first words the viewer reads when opening the website. At the top of the page, the website allows the viewer to see all aspects the 7th Flats provide. At the top right corner, the company’s contact is placed so that anyone who is interested in the apartment has an easy access to communicate with the sellers. The website provides a slideshow of everything the building has to offer. First, the slideshow starts with a picture of a bedroom. The bedroom is all set up, which gives the viewer a nice look on how their apartment will look like with their decorations. The second picture is a photo of the rooftop of the building. The rooftop decorations are modern, with high stools and tables prepared for a nice lunch with the sun out. The third and last picture is a photo of the living room, decorated with a modern touch and many colors. Beneath the slideshow, there is a short description of the 7th flats stating, “Brand new apartments in the heart of Washington, DC’s legendary Shaw neighborhood. Located right next to the Shaw-Howard U Metro and right above the neighborhood’s new favorite places to eat, drink, and socialize at Progression Place. The highly anticipated 7th Flats Apartments at Progression Place blends the best of modern upscale living with the rich history of the Shaw community…” (Bozzuto). The message motivates the viewer to live in these specific apartments. On the left side of the website, there are various options the viewer can click on such as features and amenities, floor plans, photos and videos, and more. The website displays only the positive aspects of the building, trying to persuade the audience of buying such elegant apartments. Since the website is owned by the company which constructed 7th Flats, they want to persuade only what is positive about the apartments.


     The Bozzuto websites also offers an abundant amount of helpful information about the apartment, and not everything about the website is persuading. The different prices of the apartments are available to observe in the website, and a map of the building’s location is also available, making it easier for the viewer to experience where the building is at. The website focuses on accommodating the audience, so that the audience feels comfortable, and can navigate easily through the website. The targeted audience for this website would be anyone who is interested in the apartments, and can afford living in them.


    In conclusion, the Bozzuto website is an organized, easy-managed website that is a guide for the rent or sale of the 7th Flats at Progression Place apartments. Furthermore, the Bozzuto website presents the information about the apartments in a persuasive way: by stating all the positives of the apartment building and ignoring the negative.

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Work Cited

“7th Flats.” Bozzuto. N.p., 24 Oct. 2016. Web. 09 Nov. 2016.

The Unique Building of 1825 7th St NW: 7th Flats at Progression Place

This is the 7th Flats at the Progression Places lobby. This image demonstrates its modern aspect.

    There, in the middle of a dirty, obscure, and dangerous area in Washington D.C., is a different and unique building than the rest of all the places in Shaw. On 1825 7th St NW is a modern and new building known as the 7th Flats at Progression Place. The building is “A diverse mix of dining, shopping, arts, nightlife and community-serving amenities are envisioned that will bring new life and vibrancy to the 7th Street corridor” (Retail Spotlight, Progression Place). The world outside of the building and the world inside seem like two different planets with two totally polar opposite settings. The streets are filthy and neglected, while the lobby of the building is so clean and pristine, that it seems like people would clean their shoes before entering to not disrupt the glamor of the building.

Eating area to enjoy a nice coffee or read the newspaper.

     The 7th Flats building is nothing like John’s Place, because the John’s Place building is small and abandoned, while 7th Flats is lively, vivid, new, and eccentric. The Progression Place’s front side part is filled with new and popular shops and boutiques such as sprint and the Uprising muffin company. Then, in the middle of all the essence, is the entrance of the 7th Flats apartment building. The 7th flats, “offers all the modern luxury, residential amenities, and convenience expected by those seeking a vibrant, urban lifestyle, represents an ideal opportunity to live in comfort and style with easy reach of your workplace (Progression Place). The decorative lobby is styled with decorative walls of white and beige tones. There is also a red painting with lights to highlight the style and for the seating area, there are couches of red and blue tones. Also, in front of the couches there are two rounded gold tables on top of a beige, velvet carpet. The lighting is purposely placed to define the different modern schemes of the room. There is also a dark purple column alone with an uneven shape to add edge to the room. The entrance of the lobby has windows for walls so that it also brings in natural lighting into the building and gives a feel of outdoors and nature. There is a small and round table with a marble surface in the entrance of the building to offer people a casual seating setting. People can relax here to enjoy their breakfast, a cup of coffee or even read the day’s newspaper. The floor is an off-white marble to add glamour to the chic and modern ambiance and there is also a blue stripe going across the floor so that it is not so discolored. In the entrance, there is also a decorative table laying straight across the wall with a simple decorative statue to add design. Behind this table, hanging on the wall, is another simple black painting. The ceiling is made up of big white circles that gives a modern look to the lobby. In the back of the lobby are two silver elevators that take residents or visitors to the residences. Left to the elevators is a brown, tall table where the receptionist sit.

This is the comfortable seating area in the lobby. The couches have bright, colorful pillows. there is also a red wall that is illuminated by lights. Two gold, rounded tables are presented in the seating area as well.

      The 7th Flats is the start to a new community in Shaw; it is the first modern building that will shift the view of the area. This building at the Progression Place has power since it intrigues everybody who passes by it. Its modern decorations and eccentric look will grab visitors attention and will inspire them to move into the unique building of 1825 7th St NW.

Entrance to 7th Flats at Progression Place.





         Works Cited

Internet Marketing, Website Design, | MD, VA, DC. “Progression Place.” Modern, Classic Urban Style Community Residences. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

“Retail Spotlight | Progression Center.” Washington DC Economic Partnership. WDCEP, n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

The Mystery of 7th and S street: John’s Place

John’s Place was a tiny nightclub during the 1990s that no longer exists, right in the corner of 714 S St NW, Washington, DC. Even though the nightclub existed thirty years ago, the building is still intact. Half of the building is old and damaged; barely noticeable to the eye, but is small and dirty, with a layer of red, dusty paint on top.  As I walked around the corner of the old-fashioned liquor store, I noticed its red, old, filthy brick structure, with a typical aluminum door, which speaks of its surrounding and community close to the store. The walls are dirty, which gives a sense that the place is neglected and that the building has been existing for a long period of time. The door is a roll-up door that was commonly used at the time; it is worn off and dirty because of the climate and the years that have gone by, Yet, the dirtiness of the old door fits into the appearance of the little place in the corner of the street and adds to the appearance of an abandoned place. Right beside the door there is a window, which holds red bars, very simple, yet with an intricate design right in the middle. Other than this the facade of this half of the building does not hold much more, but the other half emits a positive feeling. The wall is entirely painted with graffiti art. Multi-color lines filled the wall, giving a sense of melody, as an old man who is painted as well is singing. As I viewed the man signing on the wall I thought to myself, “it is possible that this image which represents music foreshadows John’s place since it was a nightclub”? I was very intrigued by the art since the wall was the only “pop of color” the whole block had. Although the wall is painted with colorful graffiti, the place seems empty and lonely; it emits an obscure and dark impression. There is a strange coldness that the place presents, nobody walks by to give a welcoming warmth to the area. It would not be obvious to the viewer that place was a nightclub. The small, squared building is surrounded with big, long buildings, which makes the building of “John’s Place” stand out. The brick building is different than the rest since most of the buildings in the area are sleek, with a clear-cut, modern aspect.

The streets are wide, but not many cars pass by nor people walk around the area. The place is isolated and it seems to be that only the people who live around are who walk by, because it is not a place for tourists. The atmosphere is murky, lonely, and mysterious. This abandonment points out a history that this place holds and that occurred many years ago before the nightclub closed. This mysteriousness of the area leads to dangerous activity that occurred close of and in front of John’s Place, such as the crime that happened only three blocks away from John’s Place where one person died and eight were injured (The Washington Post). This incident left everyone frightened and traumatized. Crimes were happening closer and closer to John’s Place until a murder scene occurred right in front of the doors of John’s Place. One morning, at approximately 1:30 am, two armed men entered the nightclub intending to kill a 20-year-old man called Robert Lee Walker. After the two men shot Walker, they shot people who were on the middle of the way of their escape, leaving five people with shotgun wounds and two dead. As well as another victim who died approximately 40 feet away from John’s Place. (Ruben Castaneda, The Washington Post). This is one of the largest “deadliest outbursts” in Washington, DC throughout the 1990s. The building of John’s Place has a history, and more information keeps adding up as time passes.

John’s Place was a nightclub that was opened around the 1990s, now it is nothing more than a building with a graffiti wall, and a liquor store that is around the corner from the original entrance. Is there much more left of John’s Place? Or is it just the wall that is there to tell the story that still remains untold?










Works Cited

Castaneda, Ruben. “4 SLAIN, 2 HURT IN NW CLUB.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 25 Feb. 1990. Web. 05 Oct. 2016.

Wheeler, Linda, and Wendy Melillo. “D.C. Market Shooting Kills 1, Injures 8.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 01 Apr. 1994. Web. 02 Oct. 2016.