The District of Columbia is a fast moving and culturally diverse urban area. Countless cultures, languages, and people come to meet in the United States capitol, which creates an interesting public setting and leads to diverse public discourse. A place that has so much action has obviously changed, perhaps even more rapidly than other urban areas. Different cultures collide to create new districts, foods, and entirely new cultures. However, there is one area of D.C. that has somehow been able to resist the fast pace of change prevalent throughout the rest of the city. This area is Buzzard Point.
Buzzard Point is a small tip of the southern area of D.C. located right on the Anacostia river. Despite its prime location Buzzard Point has been cut out from the larger dialogue and commercialization of D.C.
Before I discuss some history related to Buzzard Point here are some images of what Buzzard Point looked like when the Point’s power plant was first constructed in the 1900’s:
Anyone who has ever visited Buzzard Point has noticed its soft paced life style which is a large contrast from the rest of the city. The areas residence numbers have been unbelievably low throughout its history with only 19 residence in 1940 (Kraft, Brian). Located in the Point, is the power plant, shown in the images above, and the National Defense University. There is also a private marina that is located on the water of the Anacostia river on Buzzard Point. Buzzard Point has had such a stagnant history that it is difficult to tell any differences between the Point in the 1900’s and today. Here are some photos that I have recently taken in Buzzard Point:
As you can see, not much has changed in Buzzard Point. It has a limited number of people entering into public discourse because of small amounts of residents. However, the lack of discourse is to end very soon. Audi Stadium is now had a ground breaking ceremony and is currently being constructed in the once quietest area of D.C. Here is the groundbreaking ceremony for the new D.C. here if you want to give it a look:
All smiles and cheers at the ceremony, however, how will this affect the area of Buzzard Point? What can residents and visitors expect? To add to my map of what Buzzard Point is, it is essential to discuss the future changes coming to change it.
The first concern that comes when discussing the new stadium is brought up by Shaun Courtney in, “Buzzard Point’s Potential Growth Raises Concerns for Nearby Residents.” In the article, Courtney discusses the primary issue with putting a soccer stadium in Buzzard Point: public transportation. Here is satellite imagery of where Audi Stadium will be and the nearest metro stop:
Courtney writes, “Transportation options, or the lack thereof, are perhaps the biggest concerns about new development among nearby residents of Buzzard Point and the DC United Stadium” (http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/buzzard-point%E2%80%99s-potential-growth-raises-concerns-nearby-residents). With loads of people soon to be loading into the area, there is no transportation system big enough to shuttle people to and from the metro stop that is too far to walk for most. Courtney discusses transportation as the biggest concern for Buzzard Point.
I enter this information to only add to the bigger conversation of what is happening in Buzzard Point. There are advantages and downfall of the new plan. Here is a link to the formal implementation plan in Buzzard Point: https://dmped.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/config/publication/attachments/Draft%20Buzzard_Point_Vision_Framework_%26%20Implementation%20Plan.pdf
Aside from concerns, Audi Stadium looks to paint a whole new picture of Buzzard Point. The Stadium will paint a whole new map of this area that’s topoi has essentially been resisting change and remaining the same for years on end. It seems that Buzzard Point will soon look similar to the rest of D.C. at last.
I used a Prezi and a google map to map this common place. These two modes proved to be the best fit for my assignment as it is primarily visual. The Prezi allowed me to create an informative presentation about Buzzard Point and its future. It also allowed me to put images side by side of Buzzard Point’s past, present and future. It let me present thoughts on a visual level as well as giving information around the visuals.
Here is the link: https://prezi.com/view/7PgqdfaoZxIj4uxrtgsM/
The google map allowed me to present what I discussed in my paper and presentation in the actual form of a map. I could map out the walk from new condos to the nearest metro stop and measure the distance. The walk from Audi Stadium also poses a large issue in the future community and I was able to map out this walk too.
Here is the link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1d0r_ZDZYqAVEx2Y4X5UlvbH9N38&usp=sharing