Mackintosh, Barry. Rock Creek Park: an Administrative History. Washington, D.C. History Division, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1985, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015029568816;view=1up;seq=5.
Mackintosh’s book provides an extensive background on the origin of Rock Creek Park in DC. The author informs that the American administration in the 1800’s wanted a space that contrasted with the Presidential mansion and landscapes, for wastes and such materials were being disposed of in the Potomac River and an attitude makeover was dire. Thus, professionals were contracted and the mission was stipulated; the city wanted a location that many, of any gender, age or socioeconomic class could share and feel the fresh air. An appreciative, inclusive state of mind for the diverse nature was desired. This was the original vision for Rock Creek Park.
Looking at Rock Creek Park’s administrative history gives me a sense of how the location came to be. What was behind the ideas of creators, what stimulated the necessity for the park, who were the intended park-goers of the time are all questions that were easily answered with this source, and I believe that understanding the roots first is necessary to be able to examine Rock Creek Park. Additionally, Mackintosh’s book provides insight into the original reason the park was established; we can now investigate whether or not the mission lives on.
Schwartz, Matthew S. “Who Lives In Washington’s Million-Dollar Homes?” WAMU, 15 Feb. 2017, http://wamu.org/story/17/02/15/lives-washingtons-million-dollar-homes/.
Once upon a time, Washingtonian homes were priced more or so on the higher range, yet not at the steepest level. However, ever since the early 2000’s the price tags on these homes ridiculously rose, going from $150,000 to $420,000 and higher. The houses are currently designated for millionaires or people with the financial luck on their sides, basically. What I want to highlight about this article is the fact that a lot of these homes are around the area of Rock Creek Park. One of them, nicknamed the “gingerbread house,” leads into the trailway for the Park and is priced at roughly $1.9 million.
What does this say about the region of Rock Creek Park? That it is firstly available to those who can afford to live around it? Is the original objective for the park still present today? A park open for everyone? After reading through the article, all of these inquiries arose. I am placing the previous source and this one at two diametrically opposed poles, asking about the then and the now. I need to go based off this present information and examine whether or not the area maintains to a specific kind of social class and whether different races and economic classes often find themselves in the area, enjoying what Rock Creek Park has to offer.