WARNING: All UAA tours are scheduled during the same time period on Thursday, April 2.  You may participate in only ONE UAA TOUR.

Tour 1: Historic Greenbelt, Maryland’s Living Legacy (Van/Walking Tour)

Tour Leader(s): Dr. James Cohen, Dr. Isabelle Gournay, and Dr. Mary Corbin Sies

Date: Thursday, April, 2
Meeting Time: 9:45am
Meeting location: Renaissance Hotel, Congressional Ballroom C (two floors below lobby)
Proposed Itinerary: 10am-2:30pm

Ticket Price: $45.00 USD (Includes taxes and fees)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. Ticket purchases must be made using a credit card. Our payment system accepts VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express card payments.
  2. You may make up to 2 ticket purchases per transaction.
  3. Refunds allowed until March 1, 2020
    No refunds will be granted after March 1, 2020.
  4. Tickets must be purchased using this form and should be picked up at the On-Site Registration Desk in Washington DC.
  5. Although tour tickets may be purchased at the conference, most tours are sold out before the event. We encourage you to purchase your ticket before arriving at the conference site.

Tour Description

Spearheaded by the Resettlement Administration in 1935, Greenbelt was a federal experiment in modern living, an original synthesis of Garden City, International Style, and North American planning and design ideals. Its principal tenets included the notion of an implemented utopia. Since 1952, the original townhomes and those erected during World War II have been managed by a housing cooperative. Historic Greenbelt remains an affordable, frugal, well-educated mixed income community. The municipality is a good steward of public buildings streetscapes, and parks; it has also purchased the movie theatre, which is run by a grassroots nonprofit organization. The walking tour will include a visit to the house museum, historic homes, and the community center (formerly the elementary school) and a stroll through the pedestrian pathways of two housing superblocks.

Learning Objectives

Greenbelt is an iconic planned community born of the post Great Depression era of the New Deal. Meticulous care was taken with every aspect of the community, with an emphasis on walkability, outdoor recreation, encouragement of civic engagement and use of cooperative businesses to benefit residents. Explore how the planning principles have reverberated through and affected the modern community.

References for Further Viewing and Reading

PBS - Ten Towns that Changed America – Greenbelt (with Professor Sies)
http://interactive.wttw.com/ten/towns/greenbelt

Welcome to Greenbelt, Maryland – Emmett Jordan, current mayor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bQT3VXZFU4

Gournay and Sies, “Greenbelt, Maryland: Beyond the Iconic Legacy,” Housing Washington: Two Centuries of Residential Development and Planning in the National Capital Area, ” Edited by Richard Longstreth, Center for American Places/University of Virginia Press, 2010.

Sies and Gournay “Greenbelt at 80: Sustaining a New Deal Icon,” Iconic Planned Communities: Heritage, Challenges of Change, Edited by Mar Corbin Sies, Isabelle Gournay and Robert Freestone, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.

Maximum capacity: 20-25 people
Method of travel: Shuttle Van + Walking
Proposed Itinerary: 10am-2:30pm

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Depart Renaissance Hotel and travel to Greenbelt, MD

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Walking Tour + Greenbelt Museum

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  

Lunch (participants on their own; based on nearby recommendations)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  

Depart Greenbelt, MD and travel to Renaissance Hotel

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Tour 2: ONE DC: A Guided Walking Tour of Displacement & Resistance in the Shaw Neighborhood (Metro Subway/Walking)

Tour Leader(s): Claire Cook and Kelly Iradukunda, ONC DC

Date: Thursday, April, 2
Meeting Time: 12:15 pm
Meeting location: Renaissance Hotel, Congressional Ballroom C (two floors below lobby) Proposed Itinerary: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Ticket Price: $40.00 USD (Includes taxes and fees)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. Ticket purchases must be made using a credit card. Our payment system accepts VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express card payments.
  2. You may make up to 2 ticket purchases per transaction.
  3. Refunds allowed until March 1, 2020
    No refunds will be granted after March 1, 2020.
  4. Tickets must be purchased using this form and should be picked up at the On-Site Registration Desk in Washington DC.
  5. Although tour tickets may be purchased at the conference, most tours are sold out before the event. We encourage you to purchase your ticket before arriving at the conference site.

Tour Description

ONE DC invites you to engage with us in a conversation and community learning process about displacement and resistance in DC, and how we organize for equitable development. Long-time DC residents and organizers with ONE DC will show you the physical side of gentrification in the Shaw neighborhood and discuss its effects on the community, along with stories of how ONE DC organizes with residents to stand up for community-led, equitable development. Participants will have the opportunity to raise and discuss questions together, as well as tie learned experience to the Shaw story and context. We will explore the interconnectedness of the right to housing, the right to income, and the right to wellness. Participants will walk a little less than 1 mile total, starting at 614 S St NW, traveling down 7th St NW several blocks, & returning along the same route. Depending on questions and reflections, tour lasts about 2 hours.

Learning Objectives

  • Grassroots community organizing has been a strategy used by working class communities of color to mitigate displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. Participants will learn how low-income residents have used community organizing tactics to preserve affordable housing.
  • In a capitalist economy, local governments are driven to implement policies to attract development and capital to their municipalities. Participants will gain a critical perspective on the role of the state in facilitating displacement.

For additional information about ONE DC, please visit: https://www.onedconline.org.

Maximum capacity: 20 – 25 people
Method of travel: Metro subway + Walking
Proposed Itinerary: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm  

Depart from Renaissance Hotel and travel to ONE DC (614 S St NW) via metro

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

ONE DC Walking Tour

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   

Depart ONE DC and travel to Renaissance Hotel (999 9th St NW) via metro

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Tour 3: The Campaign Against Covenants: A Tour of Bloomingdale's Racial Divide (Van + Walking)

Tour Leader(s): Sarah Shoenfeld, Prologue DC

Date: Thursday, April, 2
Meeting Time: 12:45 pm
Meeting location: Renaissance Hotel, Congressional Ballroom C (two floors below lobby) Proposed Itinerary: 1:00pm – 3:30 pm

Ticket Price: $40.00 USD (Includes taxes and fees)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. Ticket purchases must be made using a credit card. Our payment system accepts VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express card payments.
  2. You may make up to 2 ticket purchases per transaction.
  3. Refunds allowed until March 1, 2020
    No refunds will be granted after March 1, 2020.
  4. Tickets must be purchased using this form and should be picked up at the On-Site Registration Desk in Washington DC.
  5. Although tour tickets may be purchased at the conference, most tours are sold out before the event. We encourage you to purchase your ticket before arriving at the conference site.

Tour Description

In conjunction with a the public history project, Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, this tour will highlight key sites along a historic racial dividing line in DC's Bloomingdale neighborhood. Named for a former estate that was divided and sold in 1889, Bloomingdale became ripe for development when the North Capitol streetcar line was extended five years later. It’s location immediately north of Florida Avenue, once the city’s northern border, made for an easy commute downtown. Its mix of row houses, many quite elegant and spacious and others more modest, attracted a range of buyers.

Learning Objectives

Participants will discover why Bloomingdale’s premier architectural corridor was also a racial barrier, and how black home seekers and civil rights attorneys chipped away at this dividing line in the 1920s-‘40s. During the first half of the 20th century, real estate developers and white citizens had used racially restrictive deed covenants to establish and maintain racial segregation. Black citizens contested these efforts by risking lawsuits to purchase houses with deed covenants. In deciding these cases, the courts were ultimately responsible for upholding or eliminating racial barriers and controlling the shifting boundaries of segregated neighborhoods.

Maximum capacity: 15 people
Method of travel: Van + Walking

Proposed Itinerary: 1:00pm – 3:30 pm

1:00 – 1:30 pm          

Depart Renaissance Hotel and travel to Bloomingdale (across from Big Bear Café)

1:30 – 3:00 pm          

Walking Tour of Bloomingdale

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   

Depart Bloomingdale and travel to Renaissance Hotel

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Tour 4: The Urban Food Hub Solution to Food Insecurity: UDC Van Ness Campus Tour (Metro Subway/Walking Tour)

Tour Leader(s): To be determined

Date: Thursday, April, 2
Meeting Time: 12:15 pm
Meeting location: Renaissance Hotel, Congressional Ballroom C (two floors below lobby) Proposed Itinerary: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Ticket Price: $40.00 USD (Includes taxes and fees)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. Ticket purchases must be made using a credit card. Our payment system accepts VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express card payments.
  2. You may make up to 2 ticket purchases per transaction.
  3. Refunds allowed until March 1, 2020
    No refunds will be granted after March 1, 2020.
  4. Tickets must be purchased using this form and should be picked up at the On-Site Registration Desk in Washington DC.
  5. Although tour tickets may be purchased at the conference, most tours are sold out before the event. We encourage you to purchase your ticket before arriving at the conference site.

Tour Description

Food Security is a major challenge in most cities across the United States. Urban populations are frequently food-insecure and lack access to fresh, high-quality food at affordable prices. The Urban Food Hub concept of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) endeavors to improve food and water security; improve health and wellness; improve job readiness; support business startups; and reconnect urban neighborhoods to nature.

Each UDC Urban Food Hub consists of four integrated components: (1) food production, (2) food preparation, (3) food distribution, and (4) waste and water management. At the heart of CAUSES’ Urban Food Hub Solution to food insecurity are high efficiency food production sites that utilize biointensive, Aquaponics, and Hydroponic production methods. The food distribution component explores new market models including farmers’ markets, CSAs, cooperatives, and direct marketing to niche restaurants and specialty food stores. Given their location in urban neighborhoods, the Urban Food Hubs also focus on waste reduction and water reuse to minimize pressure on urban land and infrastructure systems.

To learn more about CAUSES, you can access mini lectures, media, and publications at https://www.udc.edu/causes/mediavideos/.

Maximum capacity: 20-25 people
Method of travel: Metro Subway + Walking
Proposed Itinerary: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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