Schwartzman, Paul. “A Bittersweet Renaissance.” The Washington Post, February 23, 2006, sec. Metro. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/22/AR2006022202508.html.
In his 2006 article Bittersweet Renaissance Paul Schwartzman interviews native of Washington D.C. neighborhoods such as Shaw giving them a platform to discuss the changes they have seen in they have seen in their neighborhoods and the repercussions of such changes on them. Schwartzman breaks down such interviews into subsections that help the reader understand the processes of the changes.When it comes to the “Vanishing Culture” the idea and power of money when it comes to the changing of the neighborhoods around the metropolitan area and the impact it has had on not only the people but the “history” of the areas.
I plan on using this as part of my multimodal final project as direct quotes to help the audience understand the standpoint that many natives have concerning the changes in their area. To have several direct statements and testimonies from natives that grew up in the area before and after the changes that it is undergoing would help my audience understand that this is a serious matter that affects individuals greatly.
Whiteside@acm.org. “Where We Live: Shaw.” We Love DC. Accessed April 19, 2017. http://www.welovedc.com/2009/08/28/where-we-live-shaw/.
In their blog post Where We Live: Shaw, We Love DC essentially advertise the reason why individuals should consider living in the Shaw Area speaking on such things as “What to See” the “Neighborhood Character” “History” “Why We Love Shaw” among other aspects. This blog post explains that there has been a “great deal of investment” explaining the reasons as to why such renovations were done. Though there is a history section they speak of the “civil war” and how the Shaw area was the “center of black culture” and how it was hit by the “crack epidemic” however it is now one of the “most loved” neighborhoods in the District that are not only in a “great location” but it is “civically-engaged.”
I plan on using this in my final project to show the audience the other side of what individuals view the changes that have occurred in the Shaw area. While some natives who are usually of minority descent believe that this change has brought a lot of ignoring the history and natives of the area, other such as We Love DC seen this as a change for the best, it has changed a once crack epidemic area to beautiful “civically-engaged” area which then puts in the question why don’t certain people think it was “civically-engaged” before?