Final Mapping Commonplace: UNCF and Teach For America

There are many businesses and establishments held within the Progression Place building. The Progression Place has created a new environment where many businesses come together in one building in order to have a breading ground for success. There have been many new and old businesses in this building that have been either just been established in the building or have had their business for some time. What the Progression Place is attempting to do is help those in this community and have more opportunities available for the people there. It is known that 7th and S street has been a place where there was a shooting that lead to the death of 3 people, but there is more to this community than that. The Progression Place was not always like this, there was a before.  That before was not always great or positive but that before is in the past. There is a new and bright future for this area and this building is contributing to that. There is a part of the building holds a UNCF sign outside. The UNCF on the sign outside of this part of the building is for the organization called United Negro College Fund. This organization has the motto that “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” (Our Mission). 

The main issue that the UNCF is trying to help with is giving every American an opportunity of receiving the same level education. Some might believe that there is equal opportunity for all but that is not the case and the UNCF is aware of that. Many people who are either African American or poor people, do not receive the same favorable circumstances as all other Americans are given. Poor people and some African Americans are located in built environments where there are not many successful people therefore causing them to not believe in themselves. For there to be a majority of folks around the community that are doing poorly financially, the children growing up in these areas might believe they are not capable of accomplishing much either. Not only are children growing up with this belief but they are also not aware of given options around them that could help them to be more successful in the future. There is a large amount of people that are unable to receive a higher education level than others because of their financial status. Not only are people unable to receive higher degrees, they are looked at as people who should not or cannot. Some people do not believe in themselves to be able to get a college degree because of how the people around them do not receive them. Normally, when the people around you are used to a structure the people growing up in this built environment tend to stick to the same course. There are always a few people who try to achieve bigger dreams than the people around them but the UNCF tries to help with making those dreams possible. UNCF also encouraged young people to reach for their dreams and supplies them with certain opportunities that they would not have without UNCF.

The UNCF wants to level the playing field and give everyone equal opportunity to achieve their goals in life. For the UNCF, they truly want the children in this area to do better and to escape the path that they are supposedly destined to follow. The UNCF wants to “ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college and persist to graduation” (Our Mission). If there are more children growing up in this area and receiving their college degrees, there will be more help and hope for the generations that follow them. Having children finishing high school and going to good colleges after become a regular occurrence in this area would be a great change to what this built environment has created over the years. The UNCF wants to figure out a plan for there to be more college students and high school graduates. But in order for there to be more college students that are African American or poor, there needs to be more help for there to be an even amount of opportunity for all races to get into college and finish high school. This is where UNCF comes in to do their part in making opportunity equal for everyone in America. What the UNCF does to ensure this is by “creating a college-going culture in the African American community” (Our Mission). If there is this “college-going culture” then college will be looked at as less of a jump from high school and more as a next step in a successful future that everyone partakes in. The programs that they have established have a home base in Progression Place and help the surrounding community. Since the UNCF is located in the Progression Place there is a more direct way for the children in this community to gain that help and access to a better life and a more successful future.

Also in Progression Place, there is the organization, Teach For America. This company is similar to the UNCF because they have similar goals in helping the growing children within this built environment created for them. What Teach For America is based on is, “giving all students access to an excellent education” (Our Impact). For the past 26 years, there has been this organization. While it is not new to doing what they must it is new to this area because of the Progression Place. Since the Progression Place is located here, there has been a ton of organizations established closer to this area that what to help to make the community a better place. Teach For America has tried to help those in need receive a better education than expected from their built environment. For there to be 3,400 incoming corps members in 2016 the organization must be achieving great progress with these students (Graph Below). Graduating seniors, graduate students, and professionals have all been on the rise since this organization was created. The Progression Place is a breeding ground for these types of organizations. The Progression Place allows there to be all different kinds of organizations in this moderately poor neighborhood and all these organizations are trying to help the circumstances that are being faced by the people within this built environment.

The reason why I chose these two as my commonplaces is because they show the true reason and purpose of the Progression Place. For the Progression Place to have at least two organizations created based on helping those around them, there is major benefit to the community where this building is located. These organizations and many others will end up breading more successful children and a brighter future for many of these children that they were not able to fathom before now. There is a special community bond that the Progression Place has created because of how the businesses inside the building are trying to help those that are in need in the nearby community. There has been a built environment where many of these people fail in being a success because of their circumstances but the Progression Place is trying to change that. The Progression Place was just recently created and is already making such headway within this community. This building truly has lived up to the expectations held for it and the name it has been titled as. There has been an immense amount of progress in the education system for the students in the nearby schools and that is because of the Progression Place’s location and the diligent people that work in the building. There has always been a need for better education in these areas but not many have stepped up to the plate to make that actually happen.

Work Cited

Unknown. Our Impact. Teach for America.

Unknown. Our Mission. United Negro College Fund.

Expectations Progression Place and the 7th Flats

Meier, Jared. N. p., 2017. Web. 1 May 2017.

The basis of this article is that there is a large market around for this building and the businesses within it. This building contains 19,000 square feet of shops and other businesses. Within this article, the market of that the location established is described. The article also mentions how the building was desired to be in this area because of how historic and vibrant this area is. Also the location is right next to the Shaw Metro station and that was an extremely critical part of the plan. With the metro stop being right there, people are more inclined to go straight to this building because of this accessibility.

I need to incorporate this article into my paper because it also includes what the planners of these buildings anticipated before they completed this project. There was a need for the metro stop because of how easy that allows people without cars to get to this area. The Progression Place truly resembles what the new Shaw will most likely look like in the future. Instead of buildings remaining in the area, there seems to be a new system coming into play. The Progression Place represents that and shows how new Shaw can become. For one building to carry so many buildings and such progress, there has to be more to come with this marketing plan showing all the highlights that this area has to offer.

“The Amenities | 7Th Flats | Apartments Near The Shaw – Howard U Metro”. 7th Flats. N. p., 2017. Web. 1 May 2017.

The main problems that the 7th Flats wanted to solve or at least assist with are within this article. This article explains how the city of D.C. offers a lot to the people living in the community. The 7th Flats aim was to have business and pleasure take place in the same building. There are nice views of the area and it is a great hang out spot for friends. The developers believe that there is a perfect balance at the 7th Flats for all kinds of moods for whatever anyone has to do.

An example of a fitness center

Concierge being there for your every need or want

They believe that since there is: 24/7 concierge, shops and restaurants downstairs and a 24 hour fitness center, live will be easier for those that live there. The building was created to make live easier and more convenient.

The main reason why I wanted to incorporate this article into my paper is because there is a specific way that developers want the 7th Flats to be perceived and that is within this article. The 7th Flats is supposed to be looked at as a place where you can get everything that you want. The only problem with this is that not everyone in this community can afford to live there and spend money in all of the conveniently located stores. There is a rooftop pool and all types of benefits but if the people in this area cannot afford it, then it is a lost cause.

7th Flats Vision

The 7th Flats in a depiction of what it would look like when created

There was a major plan in set for the 7th Flats when they were being built. This picture is the vision that the developers had for the building. They definitely wanted the area to be highly populated and wanted to create a new atmosphere. The developers did not only create a building but a different environment. They planned a building but also they planned trees and incorporated people into their vision. The 7th Flats were not only creating a building for people to live in, they wanted to make a completely new environment for those living in Shaw.

Log Cabin Liquors Wide Shot

Log Cabin Liquor Store with a wider shot that also captures the painting on the side of the building 

This picture captures Log Cabin Liquor store while including the painting that has been on the side wall of the building. There is a large presence that the painting establishes for this store. The painting shows the beauty that is in Shaw and how it is slightly hidden and looked over. While Log Cabin Liquor store is not especially large, it is still in the same location as the hidden painting. Log Cabin Liquors does not seem to have an especially huge presence, but the painting makes a loud statement for the building.

Progression Place Before Today

The construction site of what was going to be the Progression Place in 2011

This picture captures that there was not always the Progression Place that is highly admired today. This project took a while to create and did not always look so gorgeous as it does now. There was a lot that had to be done to create such an immense building for all of these businesses. There was not always hope for this project to be successful and to open as soon as it did because of what the developers were starting out with. This site shows only the beginnings of the good that would come out of the Progression Place.


Northwest Settlement House vs Progression Place

The Northwest Settlement House and Progression Place

This picture contains the Northwest Settlement House and the Progression Place. I strategically took this screenshot at this angle to show how near they are to each other. Not only to show the distance, but the altering construction that built them. Both buildings look extremely different from each other and it is mainly because the Progression Place was just created. The Progression Place has a tons of windows and glass and metal. The Northwest Settlement House has a couple of windows but it mostly red, dull brick. The difference in the buildings is astonishing and shows the before and after of Shaw and the changes that have been happening recently.

Does The Progression Place Truly Create Progress? DC’s Progression Place on the Market. N. p., 2017. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.

This source explains aspects of the Progression Place before it was became the building and business it now is. The source tells the reader about the connection that the Progression Place has to the United Negro College Fund. The building  did not seem to have a ton of credibility till this organization was mentioned. The Progression Place and the “team of developers behind” it seem to be trying to get more people and companies involved within the building. The developers want “buyers for the multimillion-dollar development” and they have plenty of good expectations and buyers with potential. The only issue is that there are other developments that are offering to the same people the developers of the Progression Place. Some of those places, like CityMarket O, and a ton of other new developments within the area.

The help from this source that would contribute to my paper is a new mindset on the potential that the Progression Place had before it became what it currently is. There was more to the Progression Place rather than just developers creating a building and companies wanting to be in there. For the Progression Place to thrive there had to be companies willing to relocate to the area and if there were no companies, there would be no Progression Place. Since the developers spent millions of dollars on the building and creating it, there being no companies was not an option. The developers were determined despite all the other buildings who needed companies as well. By having this information, there is more of a perspective in the creation of the Progression Place and what the developers had to go through for it’s success.

Paul, Shilpi. Shaw’s Progression Place Up For Sale. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.

At the time that this piece was written, the Progression Place was only being created and was not fully functioning. The plan was created for what they intended for the building but unsure if the project would be successful and worth all the effort. The creation was purposely going to be mixed-use in order to benefit the community in the best way. By the creators of the Progression Place making the building for multiple purposes, there was a clear advantage to the community from this decision. The people within the community can have many businesses in a large building rather than just a small building with one single business. The Developer Four Points LLC believed that in making this building, “capital would be raised for other planned ventures in its pipeline”. The contractors knew what they were doing by making more businesses and such and knew the benefits it would create.

I believe that incorporating this article into my paper would allow there to be a different dynamic to the topic I am discussing. For the plan of the building to be incorporated into my paper, there would be an advantage for having that perspective. In my paper, I want to be able to compare different point of views and what this article does is give the constructors and developers’s thoughts. The article gives details that involve the main plans that the developers wanted and intended for this project. By there being such interesting points in what the developers planned, there must have been a necessary part of my paper because there are not many articles that talk about the plans. While most articles discuss the reaction the people of the community have, this article is different and discusses the reaction that the contractors desired.

Northwest Settlement House In Depth

Northwest Settlement House daycare. Urban Moms and Dads. Web. 9 Apr. 2017.

DC Urban Moms and Dads gives great feedback on all of the current happenings that are occurring within the community. These are real people giving their real opinions untainted and with no bounds.

Dad reading a book to his son

There is a special candid aspect to these types of webpages when people are able to give their opinion. The website allows there to be no bias or reasons for there to be any challenges people need to face by having the authors all be anonymous. The people who comment on these posts believe what they believe and are not influenced by anyone to say something on the website that they do not personally think is true. Some of the people have kind words about the place and others not as much but regardless they are their opinions simple, cut, and dry.

By having these opinions there can be more depth and discussion for my paper. There are going to be more perspectives for my paper rather than just what the people who work at the Northwest Settlement House believe and more than what I think about the place after research. I see plenty of potential within this website to give my paper a different outlook and mindset. This website will give my paper more of a way for the community’s actual opinion to be apart of something rather than just businesses. There will be more of an opinion for the paper instead of just facts which will help build up my point more and give more first  hand evidence.

“Northwest Settlement House Cdc | WASHINGTON DC Licensed Child Development Center”. N. p., 2017. Web. 9 Apr. 2017.

This source gives more specific details in what the Northwest Settlement House and how they typically run day to day activities. There are more technicalities described about the Development Day Care program that is provided within the Northwest Settlement House. The source states that the program administers stimulating and nurturing child care. The ages of the children that they help are from 6 weeks to 5 years old. The Northwest Settlement House has the preschool program that is “accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children” which is an absolutely credible organization. Also the hours for the Northwest Settlement House are Mondays – Thursdays from 7 am to 6 pm and then Fridays from 7 am – 5:30 pm. These hours are extremely accessible for the parents and families that are in the nearby area.

The Northwest Settlement House has their way of how they manage their system and this source helps show how the they are helpful to the community that they are located within. The Northwest Settlement House by having such long hours is definitely beneficial for parents who have to work early in the morning at 7 am to those parents that work till late like 6 pm. Most of the parents within this area probably work long hours therefore by the Northwest Settlement House being available in such a fashion is extremely useful and valuable for the parents and families. Also with the Northwest Settlement House being able to watch children from 6 weeks to 5 years old that also gives the parents and families more leeway with their children. If the children can be watched from such a young age then the parents have to opportunity to work and do other activities without having to worry about their young child.

The counter space of the Uprising cafe

The place that the Uprising Cafe is established has the notorious reputation for not being the safest area. The cafe itself seems to be a safe and upscale shop, especially since it was only just built. I’m not sure the exact year it was built in but there is definitely a fresh aspect to it.  The workers were extremely nice and relatable and that allowed me to be able to take so many different pictures. The location is directly next to the metro station and almost exactly where S Street Rising, by Rueben Castaneda, mentioned a shooting.

Uprising Muffin Company

This picture is based within the cafe that was established within my assigned site. This cafe is named Uprising which in itself is captivating and electrifying to the area that the establishment is located in. The area where this cafe is, is a part of a community that has only been “upgrading” and trying to better for itself. The bookshelf that is in the window of the cafe is a statement piece. It gives the cafe a certain amount of a presence. The people walking by can see the bookshelf an attempt to see what the cafe is all about.