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Common Phrases

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Where I am from we have many common phrases and popular saying that we use often to criticize or describe something. Trying to adapt to life in the United States I researched some of the popular sayings that are used often. One that caught my attention was ” A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted.” What does this mean? Yes, a fool is a person that acts unwisely or in other words a “silly” person, and parted means that it moved away from each other, but what do this two things have in common and what does it mean? I believe that someone acting foolish can easily lose his or her money through carelessness acts. The simplicity of the word choice is obvious, but the power it has when the words are together it makes its definition more meaningful.

Digital Archives Interior and Cultural 4

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Homeless in O St. Market. Picture retrieved from Google Images

I found this picture in Google Images and it is across the street from the market several years ago I assume because of the quality and also the architecture of the building behind them. I find this to be a very interesting picture because when I went to 7th and O street I didn’t see any groups of people on the streets, actually, the streets were spotless no garbage and no graffiti. This gives a whole new meaning to describing how was the neighborhood and how it has evolved.

Digital Archives Interior and Cultural 3

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Giant Supermarket Day. Picture taken by Isabel C. Polo 2017

This picture is similar to my second digital archive, but I chose to include this picture as part of my digital archives because it is day time, one could better appreciate the details on the ceiling, the columns, and also the workers in their environment. I find this picture to be interesting because it could be before opening hours and it shows these two men are preparing the store for customers. In the far end there are some rays of light coming from the ceiling, which looks interesting and also to the right of the picture one can see the “O St. Market” sign.

Digital Archives Interior and Cultural 2

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Giant Supermarket. Picture taken by Isabel C. Polo 2017

In the picture one can see how the O street market is right now. If one looks closely, one could observe how the ceiling is not new, therefore, meaning that this building has restored and preserved making it more important in our history. Also to the left some of the columns are made out brick, I suppose this was intended to stay the same as before. This picture is interesting because the architecture has a mixture of modern and gothic architecture.

Digital Archives Interior and Cultural 1

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Picture retrieved from website FOX46

In this website, I found information about a shooting early this year. I find this to be relative and useful to support my paper because it gives examples of the shootings that have been occurring in the same area, proving that nothing has changed with time. This gives evidence to the cultural part of my essay, which will be very helpful.

Digital Archives: Exterior & Political 5

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O Street Market taken by Isabel C. Polo 2017

This is the building found in the interception of 7th and O St Northwest as one can witness the structure is made of red bricks and the roof has two tones of gray bricks. The building is located on a corner and it seems to be accessible by many doors that surround it, but actually, there is a main entrance located in the gray building to the left. By standing here, it occurred to me that this building has not changed much through the years because it is one of the few brick buildings standing in that area, the other buildings are built with and glass.

Digital Archives: Exterior & Political 4

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O Street Market Side taken by Isabel C. Polo 2017

Right in front of the O Street Market, I noticed there was a man and woman that appear to be Jehovah Witnesses. For me it is kind of interesting to see hot they stand in this part of the street because I consider this part kind of the old part where nothing much happens. In contrast, at the end of the street is where all the newly renovated buildings are and more hip restaurants and cafés are.

Digital Archives: Exterior and Political 3

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Houses near 7th and O St (Google Images)

Something that I started to notice was the separation between the newly renovated houses and the old houses and the impact that it gives to my visual eye to see this change to noticeable. They were either on the opposite side of the street or a group of them would be all together and then the next group would be all modern. It was almost as if the groups of houses were being renovated by sections of the streets. Which makes you think, what will happen with the architecture of the street in the future?

Digital Archives: Exterior & Political 2

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O Street Market Renovated taken by Isabel C. Polo 2017

I decided to add this picture to my archives because I believe that here one can see the power of architecture. In a single strip, one can see the modern type, which has gray bricks and greenish windows, and the old architecture, which is farther down and the original. To me, this is very powerful because in a sense one can see how the gentrification is taking over the neighborhood. Also, I find interesting the Giant shopping cart to the right because being an upcoming fancy neighborhood they sure don’t plan to have shopping carts in the streets.

Annotated Bibliography 7&8

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Background

 Johnson, Jenna. “Warring Gangs in District’s Shaw Neighborhood Declare Truce.” The Washington Post, 9 June 2007. washingtonpost.com, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/08/AR2007060802613.html.

In this article, Johnson’s main argument relates to commenting on the two-infamous gangs in the 5th and O and 7th and O intersection of the Shaw Area. Though they are intersecting the crew’s rivalries have a long history and tension goes back to the beginning of the cocaine epidemic in the 80s. I plan to use this article to demonstrate how Johnson brings the result of the warring gang violence between the 5th and 7th that has been going on for decades, the older members of opposing crews with the help of their community leaders are trying to find a truce. As the veteran crew members state in the article, “As much as people want to blame the youth, it really is us taking the lead and steering them in the right direction.” The author interviewed a that describes the area when entering it as a “war zone.” Johnson shares the encouraging shift of feelings on both sides, where what is more important to them at this point is keeping the “peace” and as a result the safety of everyone in the area.

This article gave me an entrance to think about how what occurs in 5th and O area and look at this intersection affects everything as a whole. At the end of it all, Shaw is an area with families full of children running around during the Spring and Summer enjoying themselves and walking to the nearby library during the school year for their afterschool programs. The thought of the Shaw Area being a ghetto with gang violence is just one side of the story. The only way to break such stereotypes that individuals believe for so many years and as a result has inclined them to stay away from is to first-hand experience it and ask questions.

 

Exhibit

Myers, Chris and Musgrove, George. “Not Gone, Not Forgotten: Struggling over History in a Gentrifying D.C.” Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/not-gone-not-forgotten-struggling-over-history-in-a-gentrifying-dc/2012/10/18/09ad8c24-1941-11e2-b97b-3ae53cdeaf69_blog.html. Accessed 13 Apr. 2017.

In their Not Gone, Not Forgotten: Struggling over History in a Gentrifying D.C. authors Chris Myers and Derek Musgrove give a brief history concerning displacement of certain groups of people, mainly African Americans and Latinos in the D.C. area (one area being Shaw my location for this project). The authors use words, such as “history” “struggling”  “fear” and “fighting” to highlight what the minority groups are going through when it comes to being physically displaced.

I want to use Myers and Musgrove’s article for my essay for the portion of history and the importance of having the voices of the natives to be heard and also it demonstrates what is going on in areas such as 7th & O Shaw is the physical removal of the people that were forced to be there in some cases in the first place. Though those natives understand that there will be circumstances where they can no longer live there, they do not want their history to be forgotten at the end of the day.