A Look Into Thomas Circle Apartments

The ‘Thomas Circle Apartments’ website shows numerous pictures of not only the inside of the apartments that I wasn’t able to explore, but also the areas around the apartment buildings that can be attractive to visitors. As soon as you click on the homepage, there is a view of the beautiful brick building, pictured below. […]

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Built Environment Introduction: A Deeper Look at the Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel located just four blocks from the nation’s capitol, has been known as “Washington’s Second Best Address.” The hotel has hosted several prominent social events and important people such as President Calvin Coolidge’s inaugural ball. While the Mayflower Hotel is tied to the history of Washington DC in several ways, the hotel has […]

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Businessmen and Prostitutes: The Westin Washington D.C. City Center During the Process of Gentrification

Americans today tend to look at gentrification as something that has had a positive impact on “so called” struggling neighborhoods. It has become commonplace to look at the before and after of gentrification, without any regard to what takes place during the actual process. Those who fail to analyze what happens during the gentrification process […]

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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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The Impact of an Interior Renovation and Gentrification

In the past thirty years the neighborhood in which the Westin Washington D.C. City Center is located has become completely transformed. According to a recent Washington Post article, “As bulldozers and cranes remove the last of 14th Street’s body shops and rundown carryouts, young professionals and empty nesters are scooping up million-dollar condos. Many storefronts […]

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Annotated Bibliography 7-10

Works Cited Bates, Allyson M. The Impact of Gentrification on Low-Income Individuals in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, Howard University, Ann Arbor, 2012.http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1356693498?accountid=8285. This article studies the factor that gentrified areas or non-gentrified areas has on the likelihood that a low-income household would leave. They found that no matter where the low-income family is housed […]

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False Hope and Broken Promises: The District of Columbia Housing Authority

Potomac Gardens Apartments is one of 56 properties owned and managed by the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) (District of Columbia Housing Authority). DCHA assists low income families who are struggling to find affordable housing due to the high cost of living in Washington DC. Their goal is to provide “safe, quality, and affordable” […]

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(Built Interior Description) Franklin School: Not All That Glitters is Gold

William S. McCreight Professor Hoskins College Writing 100 11 November 2016 Franklin School: Not All That Glitters is Gold Franklin School is a beautiful institution with a meaningful and progressive history, located in Washington, D.C. on 14th street parallel to Franklin Park. A building with such an aesthetically appealing outside, yet the insides and historical […]

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Strangers to the Environment Know how to Make it Our Home

Getting into the interior of the building was a bit of the challenge. The building happened to still be under construction allowing limited access to the building. I was able to enter into the lobby, it was pretty bland. There wasn’t a lot of “flair” or welcoming features as one would normally expect. The lobby […]

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