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Unformatted text preview: Anonymous 1 Anonymous Professor Jones Sociology 2169 Date Community Survey Project The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., represents a very diverse, cultured district. One neighborhood within the District looks distinctly different than another neighborhood, even if it is only a few streets over. Each area of D.C. serves its own purpose, and one famous neighborhood is the U Street Corridor. This historic, commercial and residential neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has an eclectic music scene and is known for its music venues, nightclubs, restaurants, art galleries, and shops. Diagonally from this quadrant lies the Capitol Hill neighborhood of the Southeast, which encompasses a smaller neighborhood known as the Eastern Market area within it. Beyond the flea market, Eastern Market is renowned for its cultural attractions, shops, and restaurants within this old-fashioned residential area. Both of these neighborhoods exemplify various urban sociological concepts and theories. Most importantly, the U Street Corridor and the Eastern Market area undergo gentrification, especially since local politics have managed to restore both areas following the riots of the U Street Corridor and the fire of the Eastern Market. While concerns about environmentalism plays a significant role in the Eastern Market area, it does not in the U Street Corridor. Urban education is apparent in each, but the high crime rates and poverty associated with the U Street Corridor surface a wide range of sociological theories unrelated to the Eastern Market area. The experience of walking through the two areas and watching the people pass by Anonymous 2 reveals that the residents of and visitors to each have many similarities. For example, landfills or other environmental deposits are lacking in both areas, so negative affects from the environment do not serve as a major issue in either area as opposed to other regions of cities. Young adults appear to make up a great deal of the residents in both areas, which relates to the sociological idea that the city life entices the young. According to sociologist Herbert Gans, one of the five types of inner city residents identify as the “cosmopolites,” or the students, writers, artists, musicians, entertainers, and young intellectuals and professionals who live in the city to be close to “cultural” resources and are most often unmarried and childless (T he Urban Sociology Reader 45). Both areas encompass a high percentage of young “cosmopolites” because these neighborhoods are known for their entertainment and artistic scene and as being a hotspot for young professionals and college students. However, while both areas clearly appeal to a young adult population, more families and young children flock the streets of the Eastern Market area rather than the streets of the U Street Corridor, because the area is much more residential, safe, and has less of a metropolitan feel to it. Further, more tourists explore the Eastern Market area than the U Street Corridor in order to shop at the Eastern...
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