Digital Archives Exterior and Political 5: Residential Neighborhood of 700 block of S street NW

Residential Neighborhood of the 700 block of S street

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.

 

Digital Archives Exterior and Political 3: Channing E. Philips Apartment Complex

Channing E. Philips renovated apartment complex

The Channing E. Philips is an apartment complex located in the 1750 7th street NW. The building is currently being renovated. However, the building so far has glass windows and a metallic outer frame. This apartment complexes are supposed to be for low income residents within the community and cater to those who make 60 percent median annual income. When the apartment is done being renovated, it should look like the Westmoreland Apartment Complex next door.

Digital Archives Exterior and Political 2: Elbo Market

 

Elbo Market located in the 1700 block of 7th street

The Elbo Market is one of the newer shops opened up within the 1700 block of the 7th street NW neighborhood. The Elbo Market was the previous location of John’s Place, a former local bar. The outer appearance of the building is simple. The overhead of the convenience store  is green with white letters which states the name of the store. There is a large sign outside on the outside of the window, which states “Now We Accept EBT”. This is a positive since the community is opening more low income housing complexes and this neighborhood is known for holding low income residents.

 

Digital Archives Exterior and Political 1: Login Cabin Liquor

Log Cabin Liquors located in 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. Login Cabin Liquors has been an establishment within the neighborhood for over 30 years. Even though the liquor store has been in the neighborhood for over three decades, changes within the neighborhood have been made. Due to the rise of gentrification, the cost of living went up and more long term residents were pushed out the community. The physical exterior of the building has remained the same, but other building within the community have either been renovated or demolished.

Digital Archives Elbo Market

 

Interior

I visited the location claimed to be 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. The store clerks were a bit uneasy with me entering the store and asking questions about the neighborhood and their place of establishment. The store is small, but the bright orange wall colors made the room pop. The clerks 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.

 

Cultural

The Elbo Market does not contribute much to the 7th street society. The market provides goods to the local community, however there is a lack of support. The workers are very nice and the facilities are wonderful, however the workers seem out of touch within the community. There is a lack of community integration; not just within the store, but also within the local community.

 

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.