“About.” The Hamilton DC.Accessed 27 March 2017.
In this website there is a description of one of the most famous restaurants and music venues in DC; located on 14th, and F NW, named after Alexander Hamilton. The site appears to be catered to a more adult audience, through the appearance of being upscale, featuring some more niche acts. The “About” section of the page reflects this by describing DC with “polish” and “sophistication”. This website wants to emphasize that the modern DC is a place of the most expensive living and quality entertainment.
I plan to use this source as a model for what the standard of modern DC culture is. It is commonly understood that DC is currently very expensive to live in especially in Capitol Hill but not everyone seems to think about why. Or whether most of the value of the Hamilton is more on its facade, as most of the upscale locations on 14th seem to reflect. In order for DC to be as nice as it is there is obviously a financial, and socioeconomic reason. However, it appears to represent the narrative of appearances. The more the Hamilton can look expensive, the more business it can attract. In addition to actually being an in the affluent area, many businesses on 14th street NW seem to play to some type of appearance.
“10 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience.” Washington.org. Accessed 27 March 2017.
In this brochure “10 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience” published on Washington.org, there is a much more well-rounded list of the most popular music venues in DC. It acts as a form of marketing for the DC area and not just 14th street alone. The list especially describes DC as being home to “music legends” as “diverse” as the city itself. This piece seeks to sell the music and nightlife of the whole city, including both the Hamilton and the Black Cat that are both on 14th Street NW. The photos show people having a good time, in some of the most aesthetically alluring places, and appear to be homogenous, perhaps saying something about the role of appearances and DC culture.
I plan to use this source as a reference for how modern 14th Street NW, DC compares with the rest of DC in the way that it is marketed, and how DC has changed over the years. I feel that this source is very effective in presenting the best parts of modern DC and does a great job representing local businesses as the life of DC, by showing the most successful of local businesses. However, this is only a small view of what DC is and does not provide all of the historical information required to present a holistic representation of DC culture is as a whole.