Violence, Controversy, and A Fence: A Look at Potomac Gardens Apartments

  Built in 1968, Potomac Gardens Apartments is a public housing project owned by the District of Columbia Housing Authority. The complex is located at 1225 G Street SE, just thirteen blocks southeast of the United States Capitol Building. The 352 units that make up the complex are divided into family and senior housing (“Potomac […]

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Digital Records #5

I wanted to include an image that solely shows Potomac Gardens Apartments. This picture showcases just how aggressive and invasive the fence surrounding the complex really is. It also shows one of the many security cameras situated throughout the site. The camera can be seen in the upper left hand corner. Many residents feel as […]

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Digital Records #4

These images show the various locks found along the perimeter of Potomac Gardens’ fence. I found it interesting that nearly every entrance was locked. Isn’t the point of having a gate the freedom to both enter and exit? In the background of the second image you can see a broken window. As a walked around the complex, […]

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Digital Records #3

These images show the vast difference between the fence that surrounds Potomac Gardens and the one that surrounds Cambridge Row. It is easy to feel intimidated standing under Potomac Garden’s massive, eight foot tall, iron fence. The fence once used to combat drug related violence, seems unnecessary today. The fence surrounding Cambridge Row is similar to the gates found at […]

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Digital Records #1

These two images highlight the difference between Potomac Gardens Apartments and its next-store neighbor Cambridge Row Condominiums. The first images shows the back of Potomac Gardens while the second image shows the back of Cambridge Row. Potomac Garden’s exterior includes broken windows, large air conditioning units, and grim looking bricks. Cambridge Row’s exterior includes greenery, large […]

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Annotated Bibliography

Blakely, Edward J. and Mary Gail Snyder. “Separate Places: Crime and Security in Gated Communities.” Reducing Crime Through Real Estate Development and Management, edited by Marcus Felson, Urban Land Institute, 1998, pp. 53-70. The author uses Washington DC’s Potomac Gardens as an example of how the installation of gates can occur without the permission or […]

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Commonplace Book: Entry 3

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Cesar Cruz Root Sentence: Art (noun) should (verb) comfort and disturb (describes the verb) “the disturbed” and “the comfortable” describe who art should comfort and disturb. “and” is a coordinating conjunction used to combine both parts of the sentence. New Sentence: Innovation must strengthen the […]

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