Annotated Bibliography 5 & 6


Annotated Bibliography: 5 & 6

Asch, Chris Myers, and Derek Musgrove. “Not Gone, Not Forgotten: Struggling over History in a Gentrifying D.C.” Washington Post. Accessed April 10, 2017.

In their Not Gone, Not Forgotten: Struggling over History in a Gentrifying D.C. authors Chris Myers and Derek Musgrove give a brief history concerning displacement of certain groups of people, mainly African Americans and Latinos in the D.C. area (one area being Shaw my location for this project). Meyers and Musgrove use such keywords as “history” “struggling”  “fear” and “fighting” to emphasize the hardships that minority groups are going through when it comes to being physically displaced due to the need for the D.C. area to renovate and in their eyes become a better D.C. What is then called out if the need that individuals with power in D.C. have to make things “whiter” and “wealthier” because to outsiders it looks more pretty, however, to the native Washingtonians that understand the culture feel the need to protect their history from the newcomers that are taking their places before it’s too late.

I want to use Myers and Musgrove’s article for my essay for the portion of history and the importance of having the voices of the natives to be heard. In a sense it isn’t necessarily about just the minorities fighting their own struggles there are native Washingtonians, in general, that might not necessarily be while that understand the severity and wrongfulness of the idea of displacement. What is going on in areas such as 5th & O Shaw is the physical removal of the people that were forced to be there in some cases in the first place. Though those natives understand that there will be circumstances where they can no longer live there, they do not want their history to be forgotten at the end of the day.


Ledbetter, Danielle, and Waite Kaylah. “Is D.C. Still the Chocolate City?” Truth Be Told, November 10, 2015.

In their article Is D.C. Still The Chocolate City authors Danielle Ledbetter and Kaylah Waite give the history of Washington D.C. being one of the “blackest” cities in the United States since the 1970s this reiterating the fact that was is seen today does not match the history of what D.C. has been. Ledbetter and Waite explaining the story behind the nickname of “Chocolate City” for the nation’s capital explaining how the Shaw area was “booming” with black businesses. There are such phrases as “white flight” “The Plan” and “take back” explaining how the idea of white families and individuals moving into areas such as Shaw has been something that has been occurring since the 1950s. The idea of displacement then has is not a new twenty-first century phenomenon rather, it has been happening is the dawn of the “Chocolate City” era and now the population has just gotten larger. Phrases such as “black constituents” are used to explain in thorough detail of the mass of minority individuals and families that walked around the areas where nowadays might not be more than a handful of minority families in sight.

I would use this particular article for the statistics that has within in to help the reader actually visualize the differences throughout the years of the displacement that has gone on in areas such as Shaw. Having such article use the nickname of “Chocolate City” to be the name of almost surprising and knowing the story behind that is an important part of the telling the stories of my built-in environment.

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