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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BED Interior

Built in 1982, the Westin City Center, has experienced many renovations and updates since its establishment. Travel Weekly classifies the hotel as “Superior First Class,” which suits the buildings interior quite well. The most recent renovation took finished in Spring 2016. The upgrading of guest rooms, restaurant, lobby and meeting facilities totalled $17 million. The […]

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Complete Annotated Bibliography

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 they are […]

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Digital Archive: Four

This is the Dwight D. Eisenhower building were the Vice president works as well as many other high ranking government officials. This building is also within walking distance to the former YMCA. This is just another example of the privilege and the prestige of the Dupont area. The YMCA is for people and areas that […]

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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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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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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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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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