A Step to Make Shaw Accommodating for Everyone

Affordable two- and three-bedroom apartments planned for D.C.’s Shaw Shaw, a community struck by gentrification has faced backlash by many African Americans for its changing physical landscape and demographics. Many African Americans feels as if the government is ignoring them and their issues with gentrification are not being heard. Although it would be difficult to […]

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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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BGR in Dupont Circle // A Preface

This project aims to explore BGR in Dupont Circle and the implications of the area on this particular restaurant and others. Additionally, I will exam specific rhetorical situations in and around the complexities of the space. This video provides some basic history and a view of Dupont, a popular place for someone looking to have the […]

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About my Built Environment Description: “Socio Economic Injustice Exposed: Lafayette Square Park”

Dear Reader,       Subjects like Biology, Physics, Astronomy, and Chemistry, fascinate us. We spend a majority of our lives in academia learning about these topics, trying to uncover all of the underlying truths, hoping to someday finally understand the world we live in. However, there are other subjects we completely disregard. Architecture and […]

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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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Riggs Street: An Interior, Exterior, and Digital Investigation

The Shaw neighborhood has become much more than just a trendy area in downtown DC. Riggs street may seem small, maybe even insignificant, especially when looking at the streets that surround it such as S street and 14th street. But beyond the surface, Riggs Street holds so much culture and history, crucial to DC’s culture […]

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Final Built Environment Analysis

Sabrina Sampson Writing 100 13 December 2016 Security Has No Beauty When viewing the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) it becomes apparent that there is a glaring contrast between the built environment and the professional work by the officers within these very walls.  Through the exterior, interior, and digital surroundings, I seek to explain how conflicting […]

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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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