I took a general walk through the neighborhood to find a broad sense of the vibe in the city. I felt that the most interesting thing was the architecture. Throughout parts of the city, there seems to be a lot of older looking Victorian-esque structures that create a quaint sense of culture. The distinction is that in this neighborhood, there seems to be a variety of buildings, but one particular ‘row home’ design seem to be the popular building style more a number of residences and small businesses. Another observation I made, was that there seem to be a popularity for bright colors, that make these particular buildings to reflect the modern urban appeal. Some of the more expensive looking buildings carried an appeal as well, but I am somewhat more interested in the contrast of a ‘fancy’ style in different rhetorical situations throughout the neighborhood.
I have chosen to archive this menu because it provides more insight into the current popular restaurant culture that makes the neighborhood of 14th and U as interesting as it is. I had read up on the area just last night, that 14th and U area has been central to a ‘foody’ scene, for a long time. What I want to know is how some of these more legitimate, or well-presented restaurants get to be as successful as they are. For example how the zoning and other factors allow for them to appear, and be very successful. Another understanding I would like to explore is how some businesses that appear ‘hip’ the way that this place does, and be in a good location, manage to not do so well.
I was walking around the 14th and U st area and saw some pretty cool buildings. I had heard someone walking by and ask “are those apartments or condos”? Well, I would like to know how many of those who live here are renting apartments temporarily perhaps for work, and how many of these are purchased condos. As far as the expense, If I remember correctly from reading S Street Rising, I believe that this area would have been a bit cheaper than most of the DC areas at a time. it has clearly been gentrified since. It is hard to tell with this building style at this point if these are deluxe or more standard. However, judging from everything else built in this section of the neighborhood, these particular residences, appear to be on the less expensive side of the spectrum. I simply would like to learn more about why some parts of the city may be more expensive to live in than others.
I found one of the local menus. The food scene here seems to be targeted toward a much younger audience. I would say that a lot of the food appears to be reasonably priced and with a lot of focus on ethnic flavors. also, this part of the neighborhood appears to very much for the bar and cafe scene.I would like to know how much of the neighborhood is original and how much was redone, when. If I am to dive deeper into the “heart” of DC, I would need to know more background the survival of some businesses, displacement and the irregularity of the gentrification–why some parts look newer, but not quite as nice as others, and how this relates to the overall food scene.
On my investigation of the U street and 14th Street neighborhood, this “Sounds of the City” flyer reminded me of the vibrant music scene in DC, which some would say is part of the “heart” of DC.I would like to further investigate the types of music that are played in the area and what types of people usually go to these shows. I have been pretty familiar with the punk scene in DC. It has been pretty strong for several decades now. In addition, I would be interested to know how some of the most popular music venues in the area became so famous. This might explain some of the history of the DC area and why some of these streets became so active.