With its sparkling new library, revamped community center, new eateries, and pending town center project, Shaw looks radically different than it did at the beginning of this century. In all likelihood, it will be a much wealthier neighborhood in just a few years—with many of its lower-income residents eventually either bearing witness to a dramatic change of scenery, or at worst, getting displaced entirely. So for its “Investigating Where We Live” program, the National Building Museum invited some of Shaw’s youngest residents to explore and document their evolving neighborhood. Every summer, D.C. Public School students in grades 7–12 spend two days a week at the museum learning camera techniques. Later, using a combination of research and their own journal entries, they create a photography exhibition dedicated to their neighborhood. The results show a place as its residents, not house-flippers, see it.
The exhibit is on view Mondays to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to June 8, 2014, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $5–$8. (202) 272-2448. nbm.org.