Digital Archive


Digital Archive #1:


This is the former residence of Garnell “Baldie” Campbell.  It’s located next door to the New Community Church as described in S Street Rising by Ruben Castaneda.  Aside from the security bars on the windows (which were most likely there when Baldie was around, either that or no one dared to mess with him) it doesn’t look like a former drug den.  The tight brickwork is similar to many other houses in the neighborhood, but this and a few of the neighboring houses don’t look as nice as some of the renovated houses on the street.  The porch out front is where Baldie spent his days looking out over his empire.  


Digital Archive #2:


This is an example of how S Street has changed in the past few years.  Two decades ago, walking a group of day care children down this street would have been unthinkable due to the amount of violence that took place there.  Not only that, but they walked right past Baldies house and probably had no idea who once lived there.  It was an amazing contrast to the condition of the neighborhood during the time of S Street Rising.


Digital Archive #3:


This large, glass building stands next to the Shaw-Howard metro stop.  A building such as this would have been unthinkable to construct on S Street in the past.  The construction replaced a park in the area in the early 2010s.  Inside houses the United Negro College Fund and Teach for America.  It’s ironic that a building for helping black youth probably gentrified an area to be built.  This is yet another stark contrast to the S Street of before.


Digital Archive #4:


This archive is information on the value of Baldie’s house from  It’s shocking to see the estimated value of the home to be $856,300 on S Street of all places.  The value of the townhouse shows one how drastically the neighborhood has changed.  This transformation can be seen in even greater detail when looking at the last sale price of $380,000 in 2006.  The area has been renovated to incredible levels, and this rise of prices easily explains the gentrification of the area over the past few years.


Digital Archive #5:


This is a clipping from the classifieds section of the July 12, 1994 Washington Post.  Here one can see the name Garnell Campbell, also known as Baldie.  The date of its appearance coincides with the general timeframe in which he was arrested.  Due to his arrest the city would have seized his house which is evident here.  It’s also interesting to note the price it was being sold at ($394,000).  Much like the previous record, there is a large jump in value in the late 2000s, the value only increasing by $76,000 between 1994 and 2006.  This can put the rate of gentrification into perspective.