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 The Dupont Circle Club (DCC) is a local business whose previous local neighboring business have been replaced by retail chains over the years (this can be seen in posts #1, #2, and #3 of the exterior and political digital archives).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 Also, the local shop next to Comfort Shoes has also been replaced by Capital Teas, a big American tea company.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: 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.