Channing E. Phillips Homes Draft 1

The Channing E. Phillips Homes, located in the 1700 block of 7th street NW, is a subsidized apartment complex located near the Shaw-Howard Metro station. Named after the late congressional candidate and civil rights leader Channing E. Phillips, the housing complex sponsored by the “Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ” is eight stories high and has over 100 affordable housing units. According to Chris Douthat author of the Patch article “Federal and Local Officials Celebrate Construction Kickoff For Channing E. Phillips Homes At Shaw/Howard University Metro”, discusses the impact of Channing E. Phillips Homes for lower income residents. Through Douthat’s extensive history background on the sponsors for the subsidized housing complexes and collected statements from D.C. officials, he tries to argue that Channing E. Phillips will improve the community. Ultimately, Douthat believes having the Channing E. Phillips Homes in place is beneficial for 7th street and is much needed for the community.

 

The Channing E. Phillips Homes, was recently added to the Shaw-Howard Community last fall. The apartments are available to those who make about 60 percent of the area median income, which is about $65,000 for a family of four. The Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ and Lincoln Congregational UCC, church organizations, both collaborated to renovate the establishment. The 1700 block of 7th street NW was formerly known for holding some the highest Shaw-Howard crime rates and was home of the formerly known “John’s Place”, my primary focus during my trip to Shaw-Howard. “John’s Place” was a nightclub located in the 1700 block of 7th street NW and was shut down almost a decade ago due to a shooting within the club. The specific location of this former club is unknown, however significant changes were made within the neighborhood it formerly resided in. Newer facilities such as the local convenience store Elbo Market, Channing E. Phillips Homes, non-subsidized apartment complexes, and the Watha T. Daniel library were added to the neighborhood within the last decade. Ultimately, these new facilities became noteworthy aspects of the community and have altered the appearance of 7th street.

 

Douthat’s article also discusses how the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ and Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC sponsors have had a previous history dating back to the 1960s of improving local communities through affordable housing. Douthat states, “The development of this much needed housing is only possible due to the unique four-decade interracial partnership of two D.C.-area United Church of Christ (UCC) churches: Westmoreland Congregational UCC and Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC. The two churches became housing development partners to invest in the Shaw neighborhood in the late sixties when few others would. Their successful development of affordable housing dates back to 1969, when they broke ground on the Lincoln Westmoreland Apartments, a 108-unit, 10-story affordable apartment building now located next door to Channing E. Phillips Homes. The building is currently undergoing a renovation scheduled for completion later this year. Lincoln Westmoreland Housing subsequently provided land for the Shaw-Howard University Metro station infrastructure, which has improved access and economic opportunity for neighborhood residents” (Douthat, Chris). Douthat uses the extensive history presented to assure his confidence in the success of the Channing E. Phillips Homes.

 

Even though Douthat uses extensive history to confirm his beliefs of how helpful the Channing E. Phillips Homes will be/is, he uses statements from councilmen and representatives of Washington D.C. to confirm his idea. Polly Donaldson a DHCD Director Douthat mentions within this article states, “Creating pathways to the middle class includes developing inclusive and diverse communities. To do this we must produce, protect and preserve more affordable housing for residents at all income levels. The Shaw neighborhood is rich in culture, so being able to revitalize these properties will not only allow the city to preserve the existing 108 affordable units and build 56 new affordable units for DC residents, but make it possible for the neighborhood to maintain its history and character. Projects like these are an example of the positive impact the Mayor’s $100M commitment to affordable housing can have on the city, once those dollars are invested” (Douthat, Chris).  

 

Also, Marvin Turner director of HUD’s area field office stated in Douthat’s article “A project such as this is only possible when all of the pieces of the puzzle come together: location, vision, people of good will, financial commitments, great design and stellar execution,” observed Lincoln Westmoreland Housing President David Jacobs. “It’s gratifying that after all of the years of groundwork, these badly needed homes will soon be available to our neighbors who need them,” he added.

“This is a wonderful story of a faith-based initiative leveraging a government investment with private sector funds to produce transit-oriented affordable development” (Douthat, Chris).  

Bibliography

Douthat, Chris. “Federal And Local Officials Celebrate Construction Kickoff For Channing E. Phillips Homes At Shaw/Howard University Metro”. Georgetown, DC Patch, 2017, http://patch.com/district-columbia/georgetown/federal-and-local-officials-celebrate-construction-kickoff-channing-e-phillips-homes-shawhoward.

 

Could Swindoll be Right?

According to renowned Pastor Charles Swindoll, author of “The Grace Awakening”, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. After reading Swindoll’s statement, I questioned many of my life choices and how those decisions came about. I have always believed that whatever you give in life comes back in return. Swindoll’s statement agrees with my viewpoint. Though, I think it’s very interesting that Swindoll uses the percentage to explain his viewpoint. Before reading his quote, I never really though how a reaction can impact situations and make certain situations better or worse. Yes, life can throw curve balls and yes there are obstacles in the way. However, the reaction or the way you approach particular situations can cause an aftereffect. No matter how bad an issue can be and no matter how badly you want to change it, it might be the attitude you give. I feel as though the use of the exaggerated percentage does a good job of getting the point and message across.

Annotated Bibliography 1 and 2

Duggan, Paul. “In Gentrified Shaw, Old-Timers Offer Advice To Young — And Sometimes Naive — Newcomers”. Washington Post. Accessed February 19, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/in-gentrified-shaw-old-timers-offer-advice-to-young–and-sometimes-naive–newcomers/2016/11/20/a1247940-ada4-11e6-a31b-4b6397e625d0_story.html?utm_term=.9281d24e620b

The Shaw-Howard neighborhood of DC, known for housing majority elder DC residents, is the focal point for Washington DC African American culture and politics. In his In Gentrified Shaw, Old-Timers Offer Advice To Young — And Sometimes Naive — Newcomers, author Paul Duggan, discusses the history amongst the Shaw community, the rises and falls within the last few decades, and changes within the community from perspectives of the older Shaw residents. Ultimately, Duggan tries to argue that gentrification affects Shaw residents greatly due to that fact that Shaw-Howard predominantly houses ethnic minorities and low income residents. As well, the information Duggan collects is being used in his article as message and reminder for the younger generation. Duggan uses the perspectives of elder residents within Shaw’s community to better explain the changes and impact pertaining to the environment. Duggan learns that native Shaw-Howard residents are being pressured to leave their premises, despite the fact that most of these local residents have been apart of the community for decades. Through the use of pathos, many of these interviewees described their experiences as being “pressuring”, and “difficult”; causing  hardships within the communities. Ultimately, Duggan argues that gentrification is causing harmful and negative effects within Shaw-Howard and is urging the younger generation to be socially aware.

Shaw residential community

Paul’s article, especially for my research, is relevant. I am focusing my assignment on John’s Place located in the 1700 block of 7th street NW. John’s Place was a former nightclub located in the Shaw neighborhood. After reading this article, I gain a good sense of how gentrification is impacting the Shaw urban community. As well, reading this article also gave a good idea of how residents feel and are impacted by gentrification. From the experiences reported within this article, I am learning how to better relate to the community and how to communicate effectively to learn more about Shaw and John’s Place.    

 

Meyer, Eugene. “Washington’S Shaw Neighborhood Is Remade For Young Urbanites”. Nytimes.Com, Accessed February 19, 2017.  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/realestate/commercial/development-redefines-character-of-washingtons-shaw-area.html?_r=0

The Shaw neighborhood of DC, located in NW, is known for formerly housing the highest population of the urban community within Washington. In his Washington’S Shaw Neighborhood Is Remade For Young Urbanites, author Eugene Meyer describes the history and legacy of the 60s Civil Rights Movement and other efforts made within the community to form civility. Meyer describes how the neighborhood was known for housing minorities, specifically those of the African American race, and low income residents. However, the author tries to argue that building renewals and gentrification has been arising within the Shaw community during the last few years and this is affecting the current and older residents. Meyer mentions within the article that early renovation efforts create pressures on poor African American renters. African American residents are at a disadvantage, especially pertaining to the displacement of households and community reservations. Meyer conducted interviews to understand the drastic changes happening among the local communities and negative effects gentrification is having on the community. From Meyer’s observations, he learns that native Shaw-Howard residents are being pressured to leave their premises, despite the fact that most of these local residents have been apart of the community for decades. Similar to the previous article, many of these interviewees described their experiences as being “pressuring”, and “difficult”. Ultimately, Meyer argues that gentrification in Shaw-Howard is causing displacement for minorities and the older generation. Thus, causing former communities to slowly dissipate through the gentrification movement.

Currently renovated apartment buildings in Shaw

Reviewing Meyer’s article is helpful because I am currently focusing on the 1700 block of 7th street NW (John’s Place nightclub), located in the Shaw neighborhood. John’s Place was a former bar/nightclub in the 1700 block of 7th street. Even though John’s Place is not significant to the 1700 block neighborhood, there are other noteworthy aspects in the neighborhood. Through reading this article and my current exploration of the community, I have the opportunity to better understand the community dynamic and the history. Through this better understanding, I can better communicate with residents, build trust within the community, and gain more information about the mysterious John’s Place.

Visiting the Residential Neighborhood of 700 block of S street NW

I visited the residential neighborhood 700 block of S street, around the corner of the busy 1700 block of 7th street NW. I went there to see if there was anybody who knew anything about the changes within this surrounding community. Unfortunately, I was unable to find available people. However, I observed the physical characteristics of the 700 block S street houses. The houses compared to the rest of the neighborhood are much more livelier. The row houses surrounding 714 S street NW are painted with pastel and neutral colors such as nude and a faded mint green. The buildings surrounding the 5 row houses look archaic and are deteriorating. Across the street, the buildings are of the same brownish/tannish color. The sides of the brown colored building are filled with graffiti. The houses look newer compared to the rest of the building surrounding that neighborhood.

Channing E. Philips Apartments

 The apartments in the 1700 block of 7th street NW are all currently being remodeled. These buildings are for those within the section 8 and affordable housing program in this Shaw neighborhood. The inside of the lobby has white walls, but the back wall has a picture of Channing E. Philips. The apartment complex is named after the late Channing E. Philips, who was an anti-poverty activist.

Elbo Market

I visited the location the man from Log Cabin Liquors claimed to formly be John’s Place. That area/building is torn down and now a corner store called Elbo Market located at 1731 7th St NW. As I entered, I was immediately greeted by friendly workers in this convenience store. However, the store clerks were a bit uneasy with me entering the store and asking questions about the neighborhood and their place of establishment. I met with a nice store clerk named Elias and he gave me very limited information about the neighborhood. Elias has been working at Elbo Market for about five months now and was very unsure to when Elbo Market opened, but does it believe the store became apart of the neighborhood five to six years ago. Elias described the minimal changes within the neighborhood such as traffic light reconstruction and the new  apartment buildings across the street located in 1700-1730 7th street NW. From his descriptions, it seems as though the 1700 block of 7th street NW are receiving the effects of gentrification.

Log Cabin Liquors

Log Cabin Liquors located on 7th street

During my visit in the 1700 block neighborhood of 7th street NW, in search for John’s Place, I visited the Log Cabin Liquors store to learn more about the neighborhood. I met the owner of the establishment and he claims the business has been established for almost 30 years. The owner seemed very uncomfortable with me asking questions and I didn’t get his name down. However, he gave me very limited information about the neighborhood and “John’s Place. According to the owner, John’s Place bar/club was located across the street from the liquor store. John’s Place was shut down 10 years ago due to another shooting either inside the club or around the area.

Systematic Structures influences on Society

Could the systems already in place affect and influence surrounding communities? Is government that influential when pertaining to one’s thoughts? In his City of Rhetoric, author David Fleming argues how systematic structures influence the way society is formed. He discusses how built systems can control society’s viewpoints and believes these influences have more to do with physical structures. While discussing the physical structures and built systems, Fleming explores the way community living environments in particular areas such as towns, villages, and counties. Through his exploration, Fleming notes that these commonplaces and topois shape human experience and identity. Fleming uses examples such as political parties to argue that point across.

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located in a Chicago neighborhood

“Both republicanism and liberalism were tied to systems of exclusion, enslavement, and violence and based on models of “publicity” that are no longer acceptable: republicanism, with its subordination of the individual to the community; liberalism, with its dream of an unencumbered self whose rights are set over against the community. In rejecting these, we also reject the old notions of political space and time on which they were based, and we commit ourselves to crafting an alternative political ecology” (30).

Within this, Fleming discusses how both political parties have changed and influenced surrounding communities, which has caused shifts within. These shifts have caused uproars in communities, in which violence and mentalities are altered. This idea is very true and very reflective to what is happening within current society. An example would include the start of the 2017 presidency and the rocky start America is having during the Trump reign.

 

Fleming, David. City of Rhetoric. Ithaca, US: SUNY Press, 2008. Web. 15 February 2017.

Best Way to Cope with Grief

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) are very real.The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult experience to have and I know from personal experience. My father died May 14, 2013 due to cancer and diabetes complications. Watching him suffer was an awful experience for me. I have never seen anyone endure that much pain. To make matters worse, I tried to save his life, but my efforts were useless. It is unfortunate to see your loved ones parish and working on moving forward from that situation can also be difficult. However, at some point in my life I have encountered each and every stage and overcoming each stage was a painful experience. Although, due to my unfortunate circumstances, I had an effective support system.Thanks to the support system I had with my family, school, after-school programs and community, I was able to overcome most obstacles during the grieving process. Having a solid support system is what can help with moving forward, especially those that are young. I believe having a distraction, someone to talk, or guidance from a peer can be helpful solution to dealing with grief.