5. Digital Archives: Exterior of the Edgewood Neighborhood

The poster for the Edgewood Commons neighborhood

I thought that this poster of the Edgewood Terrace Apartments was interesting. It makes for an external view that is inviting to the area and to live in the apartments. The simple slogan gives an outsider a warm, welcoming feeling in other words. It makes the neighborhood appeal to many, and the people on the poster seem to be inviting in their clothes and smiles.

Works Cited

Preserving Affordability and African American History in D.C. Neighborhoods | CPDC. http://www.cpdc.org/preserving-affordability-and-african-american-history-in-d-c-neighborhoods/. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.

4. Digital Archives: Exterior of the Edgewood Neighborhood

Article that explains a change that will help Northeast DC residents

This article explains how the G8 Metrobus line is going to be alleviated with the mass of riders and a new bus line to downtown DC is going to be launched. This means an economical shift is going to occur within the next few months of this new bus line. An exterior view from the Edgewood Terrace Apartments reveals that this will help many people of this neighborhood in the long run. Many people use the Metrobus in this neighborhood, thus to alleviate some of the mass of people will do much good.

Works Cited
Lazo, Luz. “Metro Launches Bus Line to Link NE Residents to Downtown D.C.” Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/03/20/metro-launches-bus-line-to-link-ne-residents-to-downtown-d-c/. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.

3. Digital Archives: Exterior of the Edgewood Neighborhood

The Edgewood neighborhood is located in the Northeast Part of DC, and accounts for the location of the culture surrounding it. Politically speaking, Northeast DC is an area that is undergoing much social and political change, as this area is has a lot of the political hubbub occurring in it. It is an area that hosts a number of important buildings and institutions, one being the Catholic University of America.

 

Edgewood on a map

Works Cited

“Edgewood (Washington, D.C.).” Wikipedia, 6 Apr. 2017. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Edgewood_(Washington,_D.C.)&oldid=774172992.

2. Digital Archives: Exterior of the Edgewood Neighborhood

The image below features some of the town houses

in the Edgewood neighborhood

This is an image of the surrounding townhouses from the Edgewood neighborhood. These houses are for the most part connected, and go outside the main Terrace Apartment building. Thus, one can see how easy it is to get from one area of the neighborhood to another. It is also interesting that these houses represent one specific neighborhood, and they are not a separate entity from the main Edgewood Terrace Apartments. It is almost like the houses lead up to the apartments, and send the message that one is being swallowed by the neighborhood.

Works Cited

Rogers, Jenny. “Edgewood: More Substance Than Style.” UrbanTurf, http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/edgewood_more_substance_than_style/6152. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.

4. Digital Archives: Historical/Exterior/Text

This is the first picture I took of the Edgewood Terrace Apartments. It shows an external view looking into the apartments of what is inside. My initial impression told me that it was this one building, but I actually found out that the Edgewood Apartments are composed of 6 different apartment buildings. Also, when approaching the apartments, I was taking a look at the scenery that surrounded it. There is a mural in front of the apartments, which I thought was interesting. I was wondering if the mural was done by the residents or how it got there in the first place. Initially, the apartments seemed to be your typical city apartments to me, which could be tied into S Street Rising and how these apartments could have been home to a drug war.  After this first picture, I was excited to take a closer look inside.

3. Digital Archives: Historical/Exterior/Text

These two pictures are playground equipment that I saw in the apartments. Neither was being used, but placing playground equipment in urban environments is a very common thing. It is done to promote activity in youth and to give them something to do in their neighborhood to ultimately, stay off the streets. As a result, I came to the conclusion that this playground equipment of a slide and jungle jim were placed here for that reason. This furthermore reveals how this neighborhood could have been an area that had high involvement in the crack epidemic in the 1990’s District of Columbia.

2. Digital Archives: Historical/Exterior/Text

This was the first thing I really took notice to when I first walked onto the Edgewood Terrace Property. I sat down on this bench to take written notes as to what I saw and everything, and wrote about the bench. Typically, benches that have these bars on them are done in an effort to keep homeless people from sleeping on them. It made me wonder if homeless people have ever tried to do that in such a neighborhood. Most of the time, I would think that they would do it in a public park or something of that sort, and not on “private property.” The bench did not seem to bother anyone when I visited. Everyone was up on their feet and nobody was using a bench with the exception of me. Therefore, I suppose while the bench is supposed to have an effect, maybe it does not if nobody pays attention to it.

1. Digital Archives: Historical/Exterior/Text

This sign was on Edgewood Street as I was walking to go to the actual apartments. In all honesty, this sign made me laugh. It made me understand that I was in the right area to study how this area in DC was known at one time as Little Beirut. At the height of the crack epidemic in DC, a sign that says that “people are subject to arrest and seizure of the vehicle” would tell me that this area is a pretty common area to score. In addition, this sign also made me more hyper aware of my surrounds. I knew from what was going on around me and from this sign that I was an outsider to this neighborhood. Therefore, I had to make sure I did not look or do anything that suggested I do not belong there more than I did not at the time.

Commonplace 9: To Kill a Mockingbird

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

-Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

 

Book cover for To Kill a Mockingbird

While I was not a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird when I read it, I did like this quote. In all honesty, I thought it would be the one thing I took away from that novel, and it was. This book is a registered classic, and there is a certain atmosphere that canonical books like To Kill a Mockingbird have. Perhaps it is the depth of analysis that is sufficient for the book. Canonical books are often classics, and should be respected and not over analyzed to the point where they are challenged. Looking deeper into this, Atticus Finch’s quote is extremely powerful, and what makes it especially powerful is that it its message is timeless. Real courage is not just simply holding up your rifle, but going into a situation that you are certain you will lose with the attitude of seeing it through and even possibly winning. That message is universal, and really stands true to the test of time. For as long as there are challenging situations to be fought against, this quote will hold true. The real life example of this quote that I happen to also love and be passionate about is the 1980 U.S. Winter Olympics “Miracle on Ice”. The Soviet National hockey team was undefeated, composed of all professional hockey players, and had the weapon of intimidation on their side. Their opponents in the final game was the United States, a team composed of amateur players, far from undefeated, and had nothing to give them an edge. The U.S. went into that game knowing that it was going to most likely be a slaughter fest, but still fought, and pulled the “miracle” that is still regarded as the best sports moment of all time. I happened to play in the very rink where the “Miracle on Ice” happened for a hockey tournament when I was younger, and I can still remember how somber it felt to look at that ice and skate on it. Quotes like this one and experiences like my own and the “Miracle on Ice” send shivers down my spine, as they do for many. There are few things like this in the world, and thus, make moments and quotes like these examples so special.

Works Cited

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York :Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. Print.

To Kill a Mockingbird.” Wikipedia, 23 Apr. 2017. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=To_Kill_a_Mockingbird&oldid=776806936.

 

Rhetorical Analysis 6: Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces

In Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces,” Kathleen G Scholl and  Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi discuss college campuses and how they are influential on how the school’s students learn. It is what surrounds the students that make for a positive or negative learning environment. In stark reality, this is what the exigence of Scholl and Gulwadi’s article. To explain how the diversification and change that college campuses undergo is to explain its purpose, or the exigence of the piece. As a result, how college campuses have changed to accommodate for cultural shifts over time must be explored. This is mentioned when Scholl and Gulwadi explain the, “diverse, changing and complex US university systems,” (Scholl, Gulwadi 1), that college campuses are undergoing. An example that falls into this explication is technology in the classroom. Technology can be a wonderful solution to many daunting tasks that education requires, such as finding sources for a research paper, or for taking notes. However, no good thing is without its bad, and thus, technology with a changing culture changes people, and such is most definately the effect in the classroom. Browsing Facebook or Twitter during class or shopping online from boredom is no stranger to a classroom for example. This is why change must be focused upon when looking at culture and landscapes of a college or university.

In addition, when discussing the campus and its vitality to college and university life, Scholl and Gulwadi discuss how teaching plays a role with the campus and the natural resources that come with it. To teach on a campus gives a whole and idolized perspective of the school to the student. In other words, it gives pride to a student to be taught on that specific campus, and thus, the campus is the unifying force for all who are involved in it. Scholl and Gulwadi explain this when saying, “the campus open space still remains a significant center for teaching and learning for students in natural resources management.” The campus gives exigence to a student to feel unified as a person, school, and most of all, as a well rounded, eager student. Where a student is has a huge impact on how they perceive the world, whether it is a suburban campus, urban, rural, or even abroad in another country. Surrounds matter, and they are what give a place its purpose. History is made in a specific spot, and it is how people appreciate their surrounds on a college campus that make it so special. In doing so, the college flourishes, and all enjoy themselves while gaining a strong education.

Works Cited
Scholl, Kathleen G., and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi. “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces.” Journal of Learning Spaces, vol. 4, no. 1, July 2015. via.hypothes.is, http://libjournal.uncg.edu/jls/article/view/972.