DA: Exterior and Political #5

Snippet from Eric M. Weiss’s article in The Washington Post, “NW Businesses Fear Skyrocketing Taxes Will Push Them Out” that gives different stories of local business owners being pushed out by chain retail stores.

Eric M. Weiss published an article in the Washington Post called “NW Businesses Fear Skyrocketing Taxes Will Push Them Out“. In this article Weiss using local business owner interviews exemplifies how local businesses in the District of Colombia are slowly being replaced by chain stores. In this archive the story of Rosemary Reeds, ex-owner of  the dress store that was in Dupont Circle: Toast and Strawberries, is most pertinent to our complex local system, The Dupont Circle Club, in Dupont Circle.

Advertisement flyer of Rosemary Reed’s boutique Toast & Strawberries. Fashion Blog “Ooh LaLa Blog” writes a short post about Rosemary Reed and the closing of her iconic boutique.

 

 

An in depth article of the story of Rosemary Reed and her boutique can be found in Washington Post Staff writers, Michael Barbaro and Mark Chediak, article “Fixture of Dupont Retail to Close”.

DA: Exterior and Political #4

Snippet of a section of the DC Retail Action Strategy Document that highlights the problem with increasing rents in Dupont Circle.

The Office of Planning released a SWOT analysis of Dupont Circles Retail Market that highlights the growing problem of the decrease in local business population due to increasing rents. The Dupont Circle Club (DCC) is a local business whose previous local neighboring business have been replaced by retail chains over the years (this can be seen in posts #1, #2, and #3 of the exterior and political digital archives). This will serve to support my prediction that the future of the DCC is in danger.

DA: Exterior and Political #3

Street view of the building 1623 and its neighbors on April of 2014 (taken from google maps).

The street-view of the Dupont Circle Club (DCC) residence (building 1623) April of 2014 shows the addition of another retail chain stone. As can be observed the building 1623 is now sandwiched between two retail chain shops, Comfort One Shoes (as seen in 2011) and Lou Lou, a fashion boutique. Also, the local shop next to Comfort Shoes has also been replaced by Capital Teas, a big American tea company.  A change in the nature of the retail shops can be seen and this change will help foresee the future of the building 1623 and thus the DCC.

DA: Exterior and Political #2

Street view of the building 1623 where the Dupont Circle makes it residence in June of 2011 (taken from google maps).

This is a street view of what the Dupont Circle Club (DCC) local looked like in June of 2011. As can be observed the building 1623 is no longer in between two local retail shops. One of the shops called Lambda Rising, popular and iconic LGTB bookstore, was replaced by the retail chain store Comfort One Shoes. This archive, taken from google maps, will help establish context into how the system the building is in has changed over the years. Determining this change will help predict the future of the building 1623.

DA: Interior and Cultural #4

Demographics as of 2016 of the religious affiliations of the population of Washington, District of Columbia.

These are the demographics on the religious affiliations of the individuals that reside in the District of Colombia as of December of 2016. The District of Colombia (DC) houses a big diversity of religious institutions that cater to the large variety of cultures that DC attracts. Although the majority of individuals identify with a denomination of Christianity they allow for a peaceful coexistence with individuals of other religious affiliations. As can be seen in the previous interior and cultural digital archives (#2 and #3). The Dupont Circle Club (DCC) takes on a Christian approach to rehabilitation, using a connection with God as the road to recovery. Even though DC is multi-cultural the fact that 51.14% identifies with a Christian denomination allows for the DCC to successfully use a Christian approach.

DA: Interior and Cultural #3

This clock hung on the wall takes the twelve steps to recovery and assigns them to each of the twenty-four hours of the day. It symbolizes to take recovery one day at a time.
The twelve steps for recovery, used by many rehabilitation and meeting facilities, is posted on the wall. These popular steps have a religious focus.

On the walls of the Dupont Circle Club (DCC) is a ‘The Twelve Steps’ poster a twelve steps clock. Both the clock and the poster incorporate the presence of God into they’re teachings further solidifying that the DCC uses religion as a tool in their program. Furthermore, at the beginning of each meeting the twelve steps are read out loud which with sufficient repetition the steps becomes a prayer that symbolizes recovery.

DA: Interior and Cultural #2

The two texts that the DCC uses in their programs. The blue book is Alcoholics Anonymous and the second Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
Set up of one of the meeting rooms of the Dupont Circle Club. It can be seen how the chairs are arranged to face each other and the leader of the meeting.
The Blue Alcoholics Anonymous book can be seen distributed among the chairs. An excerpt is read out of this book at the beginning of every meeting.

These are the chairs in one of the meeting rooms of the Dupont Circle Club (DCC), they are set up in rows to face the center of the room where the leader of the meeting sits. They chairs are arranged in a way so that everyone can see each other creating a sense of community and mutual support among the participants.

The blue book sitting on the chairs is titled Alcoholics Anonymous and is the main religious text in The Dupont Circle Club uses to guide their members to recovery. Another text that is used is the book titled Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions which also takes a religious approach to substance abuse rehabilitation.

DA: Exterior and Political #1

Street view of the Dupont Circle Club (building 1623 on Connecticut Ave) on August of 2007 (taken from google maps).

This is what the Dupont Circle Club (DCC) local (building 1623) looked like in August of 2007. As can be observed the building 1623 is sandwiched between two local iconic retail shops, Lambda Rising and Melody Record Shop. This archive, taken from google maps, will help map out the system in which the DCC resides and thus create a context into how the system changed over the years. Determining this change will help predict the future of the building.

DA: Interior and Cultural #1

The serenity prayer framed on the Dupont Circle Club’s wall.

This picture frame found on the wall of a meeting room in the Dupont Circle Club (DCC) is one of the ways that it creates a positive and encouraging environment for their members. Just like this picture frame, they have other frames with encouraging quotes and prayers hung all over the meeting spaces. This specific picture frame contains the Serenity Prayer; similarly, the other picture frames also include words of religious encouragement. The Dupont Circle club uses these messages to create encouraging reminders and to solidify the religious ambience they want their members to adopt (their readings are of a religious base).