Who is DC

Outsiders often miss the vibrant neighborhoods of DC, which have deep histories and distinctive cultures. Today, DC neighborhoods face intense pressure to change. Through 3-5 field trips, interviews with residents and local politicians, and our own picture-based maps, students in “Who is DC?: exploring neighborhood identity, interviewing locals, and analyzing campaigns for stronger places” will investigate specific “neighborhood identities” in the District. We will analyze trade-offs in local campaigns to make strong places, from “buy local” to tactical urbanism and tenant organizing. The goal is to deepen our own relationship with DC, building skills to analyze the complexities of neighborhood storytelling in our own city, for development and justice.