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Annotated Bibliographies

1) Goff, Steven. “D.C. United Stadium Plans Taking Shape at Buzzard Point.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2016.

This article from the Washington Post is a background source, giving me insight to the future of Buzzard Point. A brand new soccer field has been approved to be built, replacing the old RFK stadium. With it being a larger, more modern facility that can seat up to 20,000 people, it will bring in customers from all around the city. This money could be used to make the rest of the area just as new and shiny.

I may use this source as an insight to gentrification in the area and what changes it will bring. A brand new stadium rises the economic status of Buzzard Point. The stadium will bring in a flood of tourists to the area. More tourists may lead to more food and hotel chains. In a bigger picture, with a new, larger stadium, comes more job opportunities.

2) “DC Neighborhood Cluster Profile – Population – NeighborhoodInfo DC.” DC Neighborhood Cluster Profile – Population – NeighborhoodInfo DC. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2016.

This source provides me with background information on the population of my built environment. I now have information on the total population of the area since 1980, including what percent of those people are children and seniors. I also now know what percent of the population was black, white, Hispanic, and Asian for every year documented.

The article additionally provides information on infant births. I am given the percent of low weight births and births to teen mothers. This information helps me better understand what the area was like in the past and the present. Knowing who was occupying the homes of Buzzard Point at any point in time uncovers the economic status of the area at the time and what type of jobs were available.

3) B., Lauren. “Riverside Condominium – Washington, DC.” Yelp. N.p., 04 Mar. 2014. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

The streets of Buzzard point are presently lined with apartment buildings and condominiums. But who lives there and what’s the quality of living? In this exhibit source, reviews from a specific living facility, Riverside Condominiums, gives me information on how it’s like to live there.

Because the information is coming from the residents themselves, I have credible information to use in an argument concerning the interior description of Buzzard Point. From the information I’ve gathered, as of 2015, the building has undergone a change of management, which has lowered the quality of living. I can now ask the question: why was the change necessary?  And why are people so unhappy with it?

4) Longstreth, Richard. “The Southwest Urban Renewal Area in Washington, D.C.” Welcome. N.p.,  n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

This source provides me with background information on the Urban Renewal of Southwest DC. Newly found information on who the area was built to attract tells me who resided there in the past. The new developments would lure middle- and upper middle-class households to the metropolitan core.

The article also provides me with photos dating back all the way to 1949. It’s interesting to see how the area hasn’t changed much in appearance. But this now leaves me with the question of: can this be said the same about the interior?

5) Lochner, Tom. “Martinez: Downtown Walk, Waterfront Park Festivities Support Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction.” News. The Mercury Times. N.p., 3 Sept. 2014. Web.

This article is a background source from The Mercury News, that tells us about the 10th annual Recovery Walk on September 20th, 2014. The walk was created to support Waterfront Residents who are overcoming addiction to alcohol or other drugs. This promotes treatment and recovery options, and urges communities to help prevent alcohol and drug abuse.

This article shows that for the last 10 years, the community of the Buzzard Point area have been trying to decrease the amount of drugs on the streets, and help pull it’s people away from the drug scene. With this information, conducting more research will lead me to find out if this particular event has caused drug crime to decrease over the last ten years.

6) Baskin, Morgan. “Bowser Pledges to ‘Crack Down’ on Synthetic Drug Use.” Washington City Paper. N.p., 9 June 2015. Web.

This article is a background source from Washington City Paper that gives information about how D.C’s current mayor, Muriel Bowser, pledges to reduce synthetic drug distribution and consumption. She warns about the side effects of these drugs and why we must stay clear of them.

With this article, a comparison between our current mayor and our past mayor, Marion Barry, can be made. As opposed to stopping drug use, he was caught using them himself. Entering office in 2015, research can be done on whether the use of synthetic drug use has decreased in the last year.

7) “Southwest Waterfront – Buzzard Point.Point Homes, 2014.

This is an exhibit source where I will analyze the data present to relate it to another topic. The website provides population demographics of buzzard point. For example, the total population and how many of those people are female and male. Additionally, it provides me with recent crime rates and statistics. The website gives me a general idea of the area: Is it safe? Who lives here?

I will use this source in my interior description of Buzzard Point to compare the past and present crime in the area. Once I compare these factors, I can begin to research why things have changed, and if they have changed for better or for worse.

8) Bowser, Muriel. “Buzzard Point Urban Design Framework.DC.gov.

This PDF is an exhibit source that described the future plan for Buzzard Point. It provides the researcher with information on Buzzard Points present conditions and the vision the Government of the District has for its new regional and local destinations. They aspire to revitalize the area and fill the needs of residents and relate the need of the city as a whole.

I will use this source to analyze why this gentrification is happening and who it will affect. This article will also help me relate my place to the rest of the city. What are they doing differently? It informs me on renovations for the next 10-15 years, giving its residents an “enhanced environment, community benefits, and improved transportation.”

9) “Southwest Waterfront.” UrbanTurf. Accessed 5 Dec. 2016.

This article is an argument source where the writer most people believe “Southwest Waterfront has been nice, quiet, and dependably consistent,” but it will soon “break out its shell.” The article related past and present information in terms of Buzzard Points Urban Renewal and economic standpoint.

This article can be integrated into my research because it supports my argument in that Buzzard Point is improving for the better of the entire city, and will leave people surprised. It is no longer a quiet part of town the rest of D.C didn’t even know existed. In addition to the National Mall where all tourists find themselves in when visiting the District, Buzzard Point will become a place they won’t want to miss.

10) D.C., United. DC United Stadium. 19 Aug. 2016.

This article is a background source that provides information on the future D.C United Stadium. It tells us who will be working on the stadium. For example, the associate architect: Marshall Moya, and the design builder: Turner Construction Company. The article additionally tells me why they’re building the stadium and the benefits it will have for the community.

With this information, I can relate how the stadium will act in relation to the already existing neighborhood. How will this new attraction affect the surrounding residents? Will they have to worry about more traffic? More tourists?

D.C United Stadium: Digital Document

As I conducted online research for my site, Buzzard point, I found that the area is planned to undergo extreme gentrification. One of the planned projects include the new D.C United Stadium. But whose idea was this? And why? On December 30, 2014, the “DC Council formally approved the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, allowing for construction of a new soccer stadium on the specified site in the Buzzard Point area of Ward 6 through a public-private partnership.” The District will take care of the cost of land acquisition and infrastructure, while DC United will design the stadium. When researching additional renderings of the stadium, I was linked to a PDF website by DC United. This gives the researcher information on the project team, purpose for the stadium, and how the stadium will fit in relation to the existing neighborhood.

Website cover page.

Website cover page.

While scrolling through the website, it’s use of graphics and proposed images left me in awe. Graphic design is one of the most important fundamental parts of any website. It not only is the creative spirit of your site but is critical to the overall branding strategy of a product, business or recording artist,” meaning a website’s designs might be that one element that pushes the product over the edge to being a success. The designs on the DC United website create visual appeal and professionalism. They present a clear goal and straight forward plan. When funders of the new stadium view the site, they will be more likely to be more supportive and contribute more donations.

Proposed visual of the new stadium.

Proposed visual of the new stadium.

The designers of the website created and added visual representations of what the proposed stadium will look like, and how it would fit alongside the already existing neighborhood. These images aid my research by proposing the following question: Why there? The site introduces an answer in their introduction. The design team studied the Buzzard Point Framework Plan in an effort to ensure that the new stadium design supported its goals of developing a vibrant mixed use neighborhood, dynamic public open spaces and well connected pedestrian pathways.” This connects to the gentrification of the area. The stadium will contribute to economic revitalization and bring Buzzard Point out of isolation. It will create a new sense of community and bring residents together. Visuals such as the image below create a conversation with the viewer and how this new stadium will relate to them. Residents of the area may to curious as to how a new stadium will affect them and this website will provide them with an answer.

Where the stadium will be located.

Where the stadium will be located.

The complete website gives the researcher information on who’s involved in the project, what area it will affect, and discusses the benefits the new stadium will bring to the community. The designers of the website created a conversation with the viewer using visual appeal and stimulating aesthetic senses to increase a feeling of connection. The stadium is just one aspect of gentrification that will transform Buzzard Point into a new, revitalized community.

 

Works Cited

Steingasser, Jennifer. “Memorandum.” District of Columbia Office of Planning. N.p.,

4 Mar. 2016. Web.

“DC United Stadium.” PDF. N.p., 19 Aug. 2016. Web.

“Why Is Graphic Design Important to Web Design?” Archimedia Studios. N.p., 25

May 2011. Web.

Bowser, Muriel. “Buzzard Point Urban Design Framework.” DC.gov. N.p., n.d. Web.

 

Final Exterior Description: Buzzard Point

My site is Buzzard Point, a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in the southwest quadrant of Washington, DC. This area has been populated as far back at 1673 when it was named Turkey Buzzard point by Bohemian explorer Augustine Herman. In 1978, the area was used for defensive works and became known as “Military District No. 5”. During the American civil war, the area was used for weapon testing, receiving it’s new name of “Arsenal Point”. Today, “Buzzard Point” identifies much of the urbanized area of South M street SW and west of South Capitol Street SW.

When I arrived to the Waterfront metro station, I was surprised to find such a modern looking scene. The benches and fountain spouts coming from the ground seemed to be newly renovated and seemed very community oriented. It made for a nice child play area in the summer when it’s hot enough to jump into the water spouts. The boardwalks were additionally very pedestrian friendly. The glass windows on the Safeway grocery store added to the modern feeling of the area. Because the grocery store is right off the metro station, it attracts people who strictly use public transportation.

From the metro station, I headed to the Titanic Memorial in South West Waterfront Park. The memorial is a tribute to the men who perished on the titanic in 1912 so that women and children could be saved. The statue was placed in front of a beautiful view of the water, ironically. The walk to the memorial was filled with green. Trees lined every street, making it really feel as though fall had begun.From the memorial, I walked through a boardwalk along the water in South West Waterfront park. The breeze and shade beneath the trees made for a great walk. Being that it was a Sunday, children were playing and residents from the nearby apartment buildings were walking their dogs. The area was community friendly and easy to navigate. As I kept walking north, I eventually hit many marinas and restaurants. Marinas weren’t as full as usual because boat owners were out on the water. The restaurants seemed to be bustling with customers. Parking lots were full. Additionally, I took note to the types of cars parked in the parking lot. There were a large amount of new, expensive, and foreign cars. This lets me assume that this was an expensive restaurant, and exclusive to middle or upper class residents.   

As I was walking, I picked up a strong fishy smell. Eventually, I found the culprit. I paid a visit to the WHARF seafood market. Just up the street, I ran into construction. A “new world class Waterfront” is what is soon to come. I began to think about how the new area will improve not only in looks, but the community aspect of the area. It is said to include more recreational activities like kayak rental, concerts, and outdoor food markets. Through the tunnel on Maine Avenue, the walls were covered in bright colored paintings. It gave life to the road and was interesting to drive by.  

Outside the Waterfront Metro stop, there’s a Safeway super market. When I went inside I thought: “I’d love to shop here,” but it’s too far from home just for groceries. However, being right outside the metro entrance makes it very convenient for residents who use public transportation to buy groceries.

As I was walking towards the Channel on 4th Street SW, I noticed this photo of a painting on a mailbox. This small detail of the neighborhood brings an element of culture and welcomeness.

As I was walking towards the Channel on 4th Street SW, I noticed this photo of a painting on a mailbox. This small detail of the neighborhood brings an element of culture and welcomeness. The soft blue and pink attract the eye, making whoever’s walking by stop to look. The cherry blossoms in the painting additionally describe a beautiful characteristic of D.C.

Here you see me standing in front of the Titanic Memorial. The granite statue stands over looking the water and is a beautiful site to see.

Here you see me standing in front of the Titanic Memorial. The granite statue stands overlooking the water and is a beautiful site to see. The memorial is a tribute to the men who perished on the titanic in 1912 so that women and children could be saved. When posing as the statue, the breeze from the water makes it seem as though you’re actually aboard a boat.

As I walked long the Washington Channel at sunset, I caught this photo of a sail boat soaring through the water. This was a residential area, therefor we ran into many people walking their dogs and some runners.

As I walked long the Washington Channel at sunset, I caught this photo of a sail boat soaring through the water. This was a residential area, therefore we ran into many people walking their dogs and some runners. Everyone at the sight was friendly, and let me pet their furry friends.

4th street

This is a time lapse of me walking through 4th Street SW. In the video there happened to be police cars racing down the street. To my surprise, it wasn’t just any police car. It seemed to look like a limo! I had never seen that before.