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Prepositions, Linking Verbs, Action Verbs

In this article, Schindler provides us, the readers, with theories, practices, and geographical locations of barriers that support her main goal of persuading us to believe underlying racial barriers exist in urban settings and describing to us how they are used to exclude certain people. In this analysis, I am going to analyze the way in which she is able to use examples to persuade us as well as her citations and occasional contradicting arguments.

Fixed sentence:
Schindler supports her goal of persuading us to believe racial barriers that exclude certain people exist through theories, practices, and geographical locations of barriers. Specific examples, citations, and contradicting arguments are used to convince us.

Prepositions: “locations of barriers” , “exist in urban settings” , “used to exclude” , “as well as her citations”
Linking verbs: “Schindler provides us” . “barriers that support her main goal” , “racial barriers exist in urban settings” , “I am going to analyze” , “She is able to use…”
Action verbs: “provides” , “support” , “persuading” , “believe” , “exist” , “describing” , “exclude” , “going” , “analyze” , “use

 

A Closer Look into the Inviting Interior of the New Community Church

In exploring the main floor and basement of the inviting New Community Church, I was surprised to find that the interior structure was equally as inviting as the exterior leading me to believe the goal of the Church was to maintain its old spirit despite the new gentrified area. I had the image planted in my head that the interior would look more structured and formal than it did. Upon walking in, I found this to be false due to the home-like architecture and interior design causing me to feel that same sense of welcoming and warmth as I did looking at the exterior. The design of the interior was made for the longtime and new members to feel a sense of comfortability in a neighborhood that seemed to be changing drastically day by day.

        The proximity of the furniture in the room caused it to feel as though I was in someone’s living room thus furthering my comfortable, welcoming sense from the exterior to the interior. The chairs were arranged in an informal manner, placed near the windows at the front of the building. They faced the podium that was in a very close proximity to the chairs as well as the piano and choir chairs at the other end of the room. The overall shape and size of the main room was the size of a living room: not too big, not too small, but for a church, I would have expected it to be bigger and more capable of accommodating large quantities of people. Nonetheless, it just added to the warm homey effect that is what causes people (whatever race, social class, in the neighborhood to feel welcomed enough to go inside.

        My feeling of comfort and warmth was consistent as I walked further into the interior of the church and found that there were more small rooms and artifacts that resembled home-like features. Down the hallway from the main area I spoke of in the first paragraph, there was a door leading to a small half bath and directly next to it, a doorway to the kitchen. The kitchen had wooden cabinets giving the room a warm feeling as well as a small window allowing natural light to enter. The way artifacts such as hand towels, tin foil containers, baskets, teapots, and magnets were placed informally and scattered about gave me the impression that the people who go to the church use the kitchen often. Allowing the NCC goers use the kitchen is even more inviting and comforting. The saying “make yourself at home” fits this interior site perfectly.

        While it is homey and welcoming, it is still somewhat difficult to navigate because there are so many rooms with no signs. Accessing the basement would be challenging if someone wasn’t there to tell you which door to open in order to get there. Although there are confusing navigational features about certain parts of the interior, it still gives me that same welcoming sense because of how consistently informal the structure of it is.

        Lastly, the basement displayed a child-friendly, inviting environment due to all of the artifacts and surrounding colors on the walls. Someone inside the church directed me to where the basement and as I walked down the stairs, I noticed the ceiling was painted a baby blue with a colorful butterfly-like design on top of it. Already, this felt child proof. The basement had three different rooms: pottery room, coloring room, and the play room. Each room consisted of artifacts that made me assume what each was used for. Room one had many clay made bowls and pots drying on shelves. Room two had a low-to-the-ground table with cups of crayons, markers, and paint brushes. Room three had a carpet and on top of it, a dollhouse and toy box. The basement had many features about it that made it child friendly and the items in each room would be of interest to a child.

        The New Community Church is a place that accepts people despite their race and social class and welcomes them in with open doors and a comfortable environment. Kids and people of all ages are accommodated for with the main part of the church upstairs and a children’s area downstairs. The church intends on gaining new members while also doing their best to keep their original members coming back as well.

           

Same Church, New Shaw: Examination of the Exterior Attributes

Emily Gross

Prof. Hoskins

Writing 100

October 22, 201

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        I strongly believe the New Community Church (NCC) values their openness and inviting features and  located in Shaw, DC on S Street NW, played a central role in the book “S Street Rising” has not changed since the time of high crime, low income in the 1980’s, but rather made further attempts to keep their motto the same even during the gentrification of the area. In the 1980’s, the Shaw neighborhood was a low income neighborhood with high crime and drug use. Lately, the neighborhood has improved due to the gentrification taking place in the area. The exterior of NCC demonstrates to me that NCC welcomes both the original neighborhood residents, as well as the newer residents of the gentrified neighborhood. The physical structure of NCC shows that it is a place of diversity and it is very welcoming to every member of society despite the social class.

        At first glance, the church did not stand out to me among the rest of the surrounding buildings thus causing civilians to agree that it is a very open and welcoming place. It is a regular red/brown brick building with nothing in front of it that stands out. (The only physical difference is that there is a pointed top). By blending in with the neighborhood, the church indicates that it is very accepting and that there is not a certain standard that a person needs to meet to go inside. Usually, I am used to seeing large, formal churches that are not as inviting and welcoming as NCC.

        A short black gate surrounds the church which may make it seem like it’s enclosed, but the walkway leading up to the main entrance is wide open allowing for anybody to enter. It was almost as if the gate wasn’t there. This leads people to feel comfortable enough to enter the building. It feels as if the people inside the church are welcoming you without having to vocalize it to you directly. It also makes it easy to navigate. In certain places, the entrance is harder to find making it seem as though the people inside do not want others to enter.

        There is a small concrete road for parking directly to the left of the church. There is a sign on the side of the short black gate that reads “Temporary Parking for NEW COMMUNITY ONLY”. Although this seems to be an exclusive, almost aggressive sign, individuals who view it need to remember the other factors of the church that create an accepting and welcoming environment. They might have exclusive parking, but from a different perspective, anyone can park there if they want to because anyone is able to enter the church.

From the outside of NCC, I am able to see many windows, as many as there are on a regular town house making the space feel more open and inviting. There are three large ones on the ground level facing the street and from the outside looking in, I am able to see quite clearly what’s going on inside. Individuals who walk up to the church would see the windows, and feel a sense of openness, just as I did. Many churches are big and may have small windows at the very top. That type of structure is very closed off and gives off the impression that they are exclusive. Open windows make the whole experience more engaging to the public.

        The physical location of the church makes it very integrated into the Shaw community. The distance between the church and the adjacent houses is no more than 20 feet. Other churches may be isolated from the rest of the community, but NCC is not.

        To summarize, although in the presence of a gentrifying neighborhood, the church remains a place that everyone, even those of lower-class, can feel welcomed and included in.