U Street: Progress and Place in DC

The Frank D. Reeves Center is an essential part of the conversation in the U Street neighborhood, one that often turns to simultaneous fears of development and neglect. In turn, such discourse falls within the citywide debate on gentrification. The surrounding neighborhood, known as the U Street Corridor, has a storied history that dates back […]

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The Revitalization or Destruction of Shaw?

  The Revitalization or Destruction of Shaw? The building in which We Work’s coworking office spaces are housed makes no mention of We Work on the outside but instead is labelled the Wonder Bread factory. Having stood there with the same physical structure since 1913 (Wilson), The Wonder Bread Factory has looked very similar on […]

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Built Environment Analysis

Changing Shaw Through Gentrification             A musky, lonely area is shown on the left and a lively, upbeat photo is displayed to the right. Improvements have been made in and around the 7th and O Street market in Shaw, Washington DC. Gentrification has been a common theme in the District […]

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A City Plagued with the Incurable Disease of Gentrification

Once a location for young christian men to learn how to live a life with a healthy body, mind, and spirit, the Young Men’s Christian Association now attracts many people who are using it as a cheap, subsidized gym. Most YMCA’s have de-emphasized their traditional christian rooted values, but continues to provide an environment intended […]

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Dupont: A Greedy Neighborhood Filled with Rats, Panhandlers, and Contradiction

To many visitors, Dupont Circle is a compelling city of Washington D.C. where many people come to socialize, eat, and shop. The attractions and appealing sights encourage people to conclude that this historical city is of high economic wealth. These observations are correct; however, the less luxurious attributes of Dupont Circle are overlooked. The official […]

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The Shaw District: Gentrification in the Heart of D.C.

The Shaw area was once known throughout Washington D.C. as a place where gang violence and drug deals took place; however, the neighborhood has seen a remarkable reversal. After years of progress and change, the Shaw district has become a center point for revitalization. However, the residents of the area must ask themselves if this […]

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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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Juxtaposition of Digital and Physical Spaces: An analysis of the Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters and its Website

During the time I spent looking into the Metropolitan Police Department, I found myself immersed in two different narratives. One was written by the people in which it serves, the District government headed by Muriel Bowser, the city’s mayor. The other one was written by myself, an American University Freshman from a small town in […]

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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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