“Our Communities.” CPDC, Edgewater Terrace Apartments, www.cpdc.org/communities/edgewood-terrace-the-vantage-and-the-parke/. Accessed 19 Feb. 2017.
In the website for the Edgewood Terrace Apartments, it is discussed how the apartments are an exquisite area of living in the District of Columbia due to its location and affordability. Composed of 292 apartments, it is a place with lots surrounding it physically and culturally in addition to multiple things to see and do. The rent is explained, and the surrounding environments explicate furthermore what the living situation is like at the Edgewood Terrace Apartments. The webpage gives a description of the several small townhouses that surround the apartments giving the apartments a unique edge in how they are integrated to the community in a further depth analysis. A suite option is also available, meaning that several people can live in one apartment, which also brings life to these apartments and the community it has in itself and the surrounding communities as well.
I think this source will be especially helpful in finding out what the apartments are like. It can give me a current perspective as to what the apartments are like now. Currently, the Edgewood Terrace Apartments were the first wired affordable housing community and the first Neighborhood Network Center in the U.S. These statistics give pride to the community, and also show how they have changed from what they used to be to what they are now. The website delves into some past statistics on the housing, and these statistics reflect on the times of S Street Rising and that specific story of Little Beirut. Based on the recent visit I took to the apartments, I could see some similarity between the old and new Edgewood Terrace Apartments. This proved progress for the area, which is important.
“Lebanon – The Siege of Beirut.” Lebanon – The Siege of Beirut, www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-8077.html. Accessed 19 Feb. 2017.
The exploration of the facts behind the Siege of Beirut as explained by this article portrays much violence that plagued Lebanon, Syria, and even Israel in the 1980’s. Hundreds of soldiers and civilians perished in this siege and the Lebanese War. Violence became the everyday thing, so much that Beirut was threatened to becoming a “second Stalingrad.” Stalingrad, Russia was essentially destroyed during Operation Barbarossa by the Fascist Nazi Reich. The city that was once prospering and filled with joy and laughter was reduced to rubble and ridiculed with gunfire and explosions. The scene this article describes puts into perspective why Beirut was so violent, and that it was not the area to be in during that time.
This site indirectly explains the allusion that Castaneda makes in his book. He explains that the drug war and turfs between gangs got so violent in this area that it was infamously known as “Little Beirut.” Gunfire was as common to hear as cars honking or birds singing. Appropriately, the Edgewood Terrace Apartments was nicknamed this. This source can help me in understanding the conflict that Castaneda was explaining as a result. In knowing information about the allusion that he makes, it can be understood why these apartments were so infamous in the drug problem.