I took this photo on my last trip to DC. It is an abandoned, gutted, apartment building located in the middle of a recently gentrified neighborhood that I used to live in. It reminds me of why I left the city for the country and never looked back. Not because of the decayed buildings or crime, but partly because the gentrification pushed everyone out. Gentrification is not all bad, as with it some of the older buildings get renovated to their former glory. The problem is that anyone that is middle class and lower simply cannot afford to live in these neighborhoods. It would have been nice if they could renovate the building in the photo above and make it so that anyone could live here. Truth is, that the building is slated for demo, and more than likely they will put up an overpriced condo. Then they will line the streets with overpriced restaurants and “specialty” shops that sell items that most people don’t want anyway. I know I sound bitter, but you have to realize that there was a time when people from all economic backgrounds and culture would sit in the same restaurant or bar shoulder to shoulder, enjoy the city, and think nothing of it. To me, DC now is nothing more than a trendy hot mess that caters to people who care more about being seen than being real.
Tech:Canon 5D mark II, Ef 70-20 L 4 IS, ISO 160, 1/125@f/8