AB: The Great Recession and Shaw

Hyra, Derek, and Jacob S. Rugh. “The US Great Recession: Exploring Its Association with Black Neighborhood Rise, Decline and Recovery.” Urban Geography, vol. 37, no. 5, Nov. 2016, pp. 700–726. Taylor & Francis Online, doi. Accessed 20 Apr. 2017.


In his scholarly article The US Great Recession: exploring its association with Black neighborhood rise, decline and recovery, Derek Hyra uses Washington’s Shaw neighborhood as an example to show the effects of the Great Recession on urban African American neighborhoods.  Hyra explains that before the housing market crash subprime lending was disproportionately received by African Americans living in predominately black communities.  However, the influx of white people to shaw before during and after is important to understanding the effects of the recession in these areas.   The white influx into Shaw allowed for a quicker property value revival. He concludes that his study suggests that it is important to understand how gentrification affects national economic changes.


I will be able to use this article to show how the Shaw neighborhood was able to recover after the Great Recession and continue to develop due to its gentrification.  This article will also will allow me to provide information on economic shifts that allowed for the area to be gentrified.  It will allow me to comment on how Shaw’s African American community change in relation to the Great Recession.

AB: Revitalization

Meyer, Eugene L. “Washington’s Shaw Neighborhood Is Remade for Young Urbanites.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 1 Dec. 2015, link. Accessed 20 Apr. 2017.


In his New York Times article Washington’s Shaw Neighborhood Is Remade for Young Urbanites, Eugene L. Meyer describes how the historically black Shaw neighborhood is now becoming a home to many white middle class millennials.  The author explains how urban development in Shaw has brought the area many new businesses and high rise apartments.  The author provides pricing for these new living spaces, and quotes those working for the development companies.
I will be able to use this source to provide background information for the new types of businesses opening in Shaw as well as information on the new apartments being built.  I will be able to use quotes from executives working for the development companies to offer their perspective on the revitalization of Shaw. With the little mention of the area’s previous residents, I will use this source to show that there is little public commentary on the negative implications of these developments by the developers.  

AB: Historic Sites as a Commonplace

Bordeaux, Sarah. A Place at the Table: The Role of Historic Sites in Gentrifying Neighborhoods. our Stories: Shaw through the 1970s, The George Washington University, Ann Arbor, 2015, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, link.


In her scholarly article A Place at the Table: The Role of Historic Sites in Gentrifying Neighborhoods. Our Stories: Shaw through the 1970’s, Sara Bordeaux uses the Shaw neighborhood as a case study to examine the function of historic sites in transitioning areas.  The author uses her research findings to prove that African American residents in the Shaw neighborhood feel as if they are being displaced, and their history is vanishing as the area is becoming revitalized.  As a solution to this problem Bordeaux concludes that it is vital to find spaces rooted in the community where people can visit to learn about the neighborhood’s African American history and the narratives of residents in Shaw’s past.  She argues that these exhibitions will act as a gathering place for community members to confront the issues of gentrification and give a voice to those who feel ignored in the rapidly changing neighborhood.


I will be able to use the research found in this article as a method source to show how the museums and historic houses can be used as a common place in the Shaw neighborhood to relieve tensions between the area’s old and new residents.  I will also be able to use the article as an exhibit source by providing examples of specific places where this has occurred.  


AB: The Food Mirage

Brooks, Lauren A. Food Deserts, Gentrification, and Public Health Nutrition: A Case Study of the Shaw/U-Street Neighborhood of Washington D.C, The George Washington University, Ann Arbor, 2016, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, link.

In her scholarly article Food Deserts, Gentrification, and Public Health Nutrition: A Case Study of the Shaw/ U-Street Neighborhood of Washington D.C., Lauren Ashley Brooks uses the Shaw neighborhood to show the effects of food shortages in gentrified areas.  Brooks explains how new high end grocery stores built in gentrifying areas has prevented its lower income residents from consuming healthier foods.  She describes these new grocery stores as a “food mirage” for the long-term residents because of their inability to afford their more expensive prices.  

I will use this article because my site is a grocery market itself right in the center of Shaw.  What used to be named the O Street Market in its formation catered to the long-term residents of Shaw until it was redeveloped into a Giant grocery store.  I can use this article as an example for the implication of my sites restoration on the residents of the area.

AB: Who is Shaw?

Sheir, Rebecca. “Shaw’s Roots: From ‘Heart Of Chocolate City’ To ‘Little United Nations’.” WAMU, 4 May 2011, link. Accessed 20 Apr. 2017.

In her article Shaw’s Roots: From ‘Heart Of Chocolate City” To ‘Little United Nations’ Rebecca Sheir first explains the history of the Shaw neighborhood in its early days, and then shows how it has changed throughout the years.  Sheir explains how in its formation, Shaw was a primarily black neighborhood and was historically known as the “Black Broadway.”  She then describes the reasons for the area’s deterioration, and in recent years its restoration.   She concludes that even though Shaw is losing its identity as the heart of “black Washington,” the area’s diversification and revitalization has created a diverse community.
I will be able to use this article to describe Shaw’s history and how an African American community was established there.  I will also be able to use this article to explain the reasons behind the area’s deterioration and the importance of the older residence to maintain its history as the neighborhood changes.  I will be able to use this article to show Shaw’s shift in identity.

AB: Old Confronts New

Gringlas, Sam. “Old Confronts New In A Gentrifying D.C. Neighborhood.” NPR, NPR, 16 Jan. 2017, link . Accessed 20 Apr. 2017.

In his NPR article Old Confronts New In A Gentrifying D.C. Neighborhood, Sam Gringlas first tells of older residents living in the Shaw neighborhood.  Gringlas proves a first hand account of what it is like for these residents to continue to live here as it becomes increasingly developed.  He explains how the old-time residents struggle to maintain Shaw’s history as the area changes. The author uses facts and statistics to show the effects of these new developments on the demographics in the area, as well as the shift in businesses.  However, Gringlas also comments on how there are benefits to the new revitalization of the area, including an increased number of amenities and services provided.  Gringlas concludes his article by commenting on how the shifting demographics have allowed people with different identities to come together and connect.
I will use this article to show the struggles older residents transitioning to the changing neighborhood.  It will allow me show the importance of Shaw’s history to it’s original primarily African American population. This article will also help me explore positive and negative implications of the area’s revitalization.  It will allow me to show how there is a disconnect from the old neighborhood to the new, but also allows for unlikely relationships within the community.  

(Raquel Zaldivar NPR)

I can use this image from the article to illustrate Shaw’s celebration of its African American history through a mural painted in it’s historic district.