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?

Bizjournals.com. 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”. Childcarecenter.us. 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.

Apartments With Style

This picture is taken from the outside of the apartment buildings that are above the cafe on the intersection that is my site. I was able to capture some of the inside because of how bright it was outside. In this picture it is clear that this building is newly created and renovated. The rooms look perfectly modernized and current to the styles of architecture that are presently occurring. Also within one of the rooms that is a bike present which clues to that the person who lives there most likely is not far from the main places he/she must reach.

Art Work That You Can Feel

In this picture there are two other pictures. These pictures represent basically the city that the cafe is located within. The top picture is of a bridge and large buildings and the colors are so vibrant and prevalent. But there is also a dark side with lots of black and other details with plenty of black within it. The brush strokes are slightly rough and unfinished similar to the city that the cafe is in. Washington DC is not finished it is still developing and changing each and everyday. The bottom painting has more up close buildings that show “Log Cabin” which is a liquor store on the other corner next to the cafe.