The last archive is a YouTube video that features a resident of the Edgewood Terrace Apartments making a “rap documentary” about his neighborhood. Something that he repeats is the “Northeast side.” The Edgewood Terrace Apartments are in Northeast D.C., which is why he keeps saying that in the video. It is also a showing of pride that these residents feel for their neighborhood. Also, this video gives an inside view of what the residents themselves are like, as there are many residents in the video.
The fourth archive is a Big Lots that is in the shopping center right outside of the Edgewood Terrace Apartments. The shopping center outside of the apartments is host to many merchandise stores, including Big Lots, a discount store, and a Popeyes fried chicken restaurant. Thus, it is a gathering place for many of the residents. It is a simple place to hang out and blast music and socialize with friends. The day I went to the site, it was very warm, and therefore, many people were outside in the parking lot hanging out. This was the first thing I saw, and made me understand the neighborhood from an inside perspective
The third picture is the actual logo of the Beacon House Community Ministry. This program not only has an after school football team at its disposal, but it also offers tutoring to students, and fun activities such as arts and crafts and playground hours. Again, the main objective of this ministry is to keep the youth off the streets and away from drugs and the violence that is associated with it. This area was once called Little Beirut, and this program’s goal is to reverse that image and give its younger residents a fresh start.
The second picture is the view from the Rhode Island Metro station looking at the Capitol Building. All of D.C.’s quadrants and streets meet at the Capitol Building, therefore, one can look outside the Edgewood Terrace Apartments to the center. It gives an outside look from an inside perspective of the area beyond the apartments, which is important. Understanding this picture gives the geography of this location a better comprehension to someone that is unfamiliar with the area.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.