Commonplace Entry 9

“There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. […]

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Reconstruction or Destruction: The Storied Past and Bleak Future of Shaw

The cozy brick townhouses encapsulate the street.  Freshly planted trees and small patches of grass line the narrow sidewalks. The air smells clean, as clean as an urban environment can smell at least.  People walking up and down with smiles on their faces as they continue on with their day. The Shaw neighborhood in northwest […]

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Rhythm of Torment: A Community in Decline

Shaw has gone through many phases in its long life.  In “A Bittersweet Renaissance,” Paul Schwartzman describes a detailed history of the neighborhood surrounding S Street.  The area has had a troubled past, as described by eyewitnesses who have lived throughout this period.  It has been difficult to find much with a comprehensive history of […]

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Annotated Bibliography

Meyer, Eugene L. “Washington’s Shaw Neighborhood Is Remade for Young Urbanites.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 1 Dec. 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/realestate/commercial/development-redefines-character-of-washingtons-shaw-area.html?_r=0. This source describes how the Shaw neighborhood has been redone for the new, young tenants moving to these areas.  Especially in the S street neighborhood, many glass-clad coffee shops and bars have […]

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