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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?

Reading Analysis: “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society”

In her article, “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society,” Suzanne Tick argues that gender neutral designs in the workplace, specifically in it’s restrooms, would comply with our culturally changing society. With the recent increase in feminism, designers must move away from a Modernistic landscape.

Gender equality in the workplace has been an elongated debate for years. With a new wave of feminism, “the barriers and hierarchies have started to come down as women have become more prominent,” meaning that Mother Nature has become more accepted into the workplace. Because of Actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson’s speech promoting the “He for She Movement,” men have jumped on the cause for gender equality. With an effort coming from both men and women, a change is likely to be seen. Recently, changes we’ve seen include the acceptance of same-sex marriage.    

Emma Watson giving her speech on the “He for She Movement.”

Emma Watson giving her speech on the “He for She Movement.”

Society presently is more accepting of androgyny than in the past, outward appearances make gender roles more confusing: boys look like girls, girls look like boys. No one should have to decide on their gender depending on their sex in order to use a restroom. This is why “big companies like Google are adopting gender-neutral or unisex bathroom,” allowing for a comfortable, safe, place for their employees. Bathrooms in particular are a touchy issue when it comes to gender neutrality. Some people are uncomfortable sharing a bathroom with someone who is transgender, even though they classify as the same gender as they do. The article mentions a case where an employee who underwent gender-reassignment was excluded from using the all male and all female bathrooms. In other words, they had no bathroom. If a gender neutral bathroom had been installed, this problem would not have risen in the first place.

The 2016 Democratic Convention provided gender neutral bathrooms.

The 2016 Democratic Convention provided gender neutral bathrooms.

Like those with disabilities who fought for the Disabilities Act, transgender people are fighting for a workplace where they don’t feel excluded. However, gender issues cannot be resolved through just regulations and compliance. The problem must be first addressed with gender neutral designs. Because the definition of masculinity and femininity aren’t as clear in 2016, society must comply with this unclarity. The needs of individuals are constantly changing. For example, the need for a smartphone has led to everything becoming smartphone-friendly. When using public parking, instead of using a meter, one can now simply pay through their smart phone. Environments must also change to allow for individuality and freedom of gender.  

Works Cited

“Crazed Conservative Calls DNC’S Gender-Neutral Bathrooms ‘Rape Rooms.’” query.com.

N.p., July 2016. Web.

“Understanding HeForShe.” Into The Gloss. N.p., 2014. Web.

Tick, Suzanne. “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society.” Metropolis. N.p., n.d. Web.

Reading Analysis: “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces”

In their article, “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces,” Kathleen Scholl and Gowri Gulwadi advocate for the necessity of interaction with nature on college campuses because it can help students maintain or restore cognitive function such as direct attention, problem solving, focus and concentration, impulse inhibition, and memory. In order to reach full potential, a college student must be stimulated through “well-designed and connected networks of indoor and open spaces on campuses,” meaning students should be walking outdoors between classes, not just from hall to hall to reach their full potential. The implication of nature adds a sense of community and value to the campus as well, benefitting all teachers, students, and employees.  

The University of Washington’s Quad has 31 Yoshino cherry trees, making for a beautiful social space.

The University of Washington’s Quad has 31 Yoshino cherry trees, making for a beautiful social space.

 

The history of college campuses shows that student success increased more as observatory space for agricultural, technical education, and scientific research were constructed. The Morrill act of 1862 required new buildings to provide this space, contributing to student learning through “its working farms, forests, arboretums, greenhouses, gardens.” Students were learning more than they could have in only clustered buildings. For example, students were taught “natural resources management, sustainability/ecology, agriculture, forestry, etc. and more recently, a focus on environmental education and sustainable practices,” leading to a new awareness of how important environmental protection is.

Gettysburg College greenhouse facility. It’s faculty staff and students are committed to improving sustainability.

Gettysburg College greenhouse facility. It’s faculty staff and students
are committed to improving sustainability.

 

Additionally, when students interact with nature, their cognitive function such as direct attention, problem solving, focus and concentration, impulse inhibition, and memory are being maintained and restored. This attentional system is referring to direct and involuntary attention. Involuntary attention stimulated by natural green environments, will thus better a student’s direct attention, improving their working memory, impulse inhibition, and concentration. This proves that a natural landscape has attention-restorative benefits and positively influences learning and academic performance.

A student’s learning is dynamic, meaning their ideas are enriched by instructed classroom experiences in addition to non-classroom occurrences. Quads and benches surrounded by green trees and brushes around the college campus promote these outside occurrences. For example, the American University surrounds a large, green quad where attending students socialize, study, and gather. This extracurricular experience promotes their success.

Furthermore, open spaces in higher education communities add value to the campus environment by “creating a sense of community, curbing escalating campus density, serving social and recreational needs, providing environmental benefits, and facilitating fundraising and recruitment of both faculty and students.” Without these open spaces, student and staff members would just walk from destination A to destination B, depriving them of any human interactions. These human interactions are necessary to build a stable community.

Students that attend Manhattan College gather on the quad to socialize during the spring time.

Students that attend Manhattan College gather on the quad to socialize during the spring time.

Learning spaces that utilize nature and create social spaces broaden learning opportunities for students. A naturalistically designed campus opens opportunities for learning and provides cognitive benefits, such as improved direct attention. Furthermore, a sense of community is built through social interaction in these open spaces, raising the quality of higher education campuses.

Works Cited

Kratsas, Gabrielle. “35 Great Value Colleges with Beautiful Campuses.” Great Value Colleges.  N.p.,  n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

Scholl, Kathleen, and Gowri Gulwadi. “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces |   Scholl | Journal of Learning Spaces.” Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces | Scholl | Journal of Learning Spaces. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

“Manhattan College.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Aug. 2016. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

“Campus Initiatives.” Gettysburg College –. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

Commonplace Book Entry 5

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“Shall Property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?”

  • The root sentence is: Should student housing be exempt from taxes?
  • 4 words that stick out to be are:
    • Property- referencing the land owned by the University.
    • Exempt- referring to the facilities not paying taxes.
    • Utilized- describing who is using the land.
    • Affordable- explaining why they are exempt from taxes.

The author is posing a question to the reader: “Should University of Georgia student housing be exempt from taxes?”. He does this so the reader can come up with their own interpretation of an answer. The rhetoric of the situation is that the owners of universities and colleges within the state of Georgia wish to have their property remain tax exempt to prevent rising costs for students. The intended audience are the residents of Georgia, specifically the students of the university. 

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.

Artwork on 4th Street SW

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.

Washington Channel

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.

Titanic Memorial

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.

4th Street SW

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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.

Waterfront Metro Station

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.

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.