Built Environment Introduction: A Comprehensive Look at Potomac Gardens Apartments

Welcome! My built environment descriptions and final analysis focus on Potomac Gardens Apartments. The housing complex, located just thirteen blocks southeast of the United States Capitol Building, is home to low income families and a large senior population. Potomac Gardens is one of 56 properties owned by the District of Columbia Housing Authority. What separates […]

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The Hidden History: What the Westin Washington D.C. City Center Teaches Us About Thomas Circle

No one walks by the Westin Washington D.C. City Center and thinks, “Wow, what an amazing building! I bet I could learn a lot about D.C. from it”. It does not happen. Anyone who passes by the hotel probably does not think about it at all unless it is the hotel that they are staying […]

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Every place has a story: Franklin Park and Franklin Square

Ana Junco College Writing Professor Hoskins 14 December 2016 Every place has a story: Franklin Park and Franklin Square Many places can have a big background story that you would never have thought when you visit it. Franklin Square is located on downtown Washington D.C. It’s a square named after the United States former president […]

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Built Environment Introduction: The Evolution of U Street Entertainment

U Street has been an entertainment hub of Washington D.C. for almost one hundred years, evolving from a mostly black community to a diverse scene for D.C.’s nightlife. While much of the area has been taken over by new apartments and stores, a few relics of the past still stand tall on the street. The […]

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Potomac Gardens Divided: The “Prison-Grade” Fence Raises Questions and Controversy

It would be easy to walk past Potomac Gardens Apartments writing it off as just another old building in need of fresh paint, but there is more to the building that what first meets the eye. Potomac Gardens Apartments has a rich history filled with violence and controversy. Built in 1968, Potomac Gardens Apartments is […]

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Finding A Melody in the Medium: An Evolution of How D.C. Listens to Music

Professor Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase, “The medium is the message,” in his 1964 book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man and, while music has been an influential medium throughout time, the way we listen to it has become more of its own medium every day (“The Medium”). With so many ways to access our […]

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Built Environment Analysis Bibliography

Background: Boese, Kent. “Then and Now: Lincoln Theatre – Greater Greater Washington,” April 27, 2009. http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/2147/then-and-now-lincoln-theatre/. Boese aims to show the structural differences of the Lincoln Theatre between its initial building in 1921 and the publishing of the article in 2009. He outlines some of the history of the building as well, giving context for […]

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