Friday, October 14, 2011
The loss of a neighborhood, the cost of progress
In Queen City, a man sometimes didn't know he was poor until he was 27 years old, say some of those who lived there. The tight-knit African-American neighborhood no longer exists, but the community's spirit still survives in scattered memories. Queen City was situated, based on different oral and written historical accounts, on a patch of land immediately west-southwest of where the Pentagon now stands and was the size of somewhere between two blocks to 16 blocks. In its place now is a sprawling intersection. The community was devastated and neighbors were dispersed in the name of progress. "Queen City was not razed for the Pentagon building, but the overall Pentagon project. In order to accommodate the large number of individuals who …
Monday, August 8, 2011
Arlingtonians find a new space to share personal stories.
One man talks about busing 45 minutes across Arlington on the heels of school desegregation. An eighth-grade girl shaves her head to raise awareness for cancer research. A lifelong Arlingtonian writes about the changes in the county over four decades. The stories – some written, some in photographs, some in documentary-style video and some simple video interviews – are part of an initiative to collect stories of the past and present in a thoroughly modern, forward-looking and sometimes-transient community. The project, called Tell Arlington's Story, collects personal narratives from Arlington's diverse population to create a kind of modern local folklore. Though started as a government initiative, coordinator Dulce Carillo said it will …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Residents are invited to find out more about the Tell Arlington's Story project and learn how to tell their own stories.
Arlington County is looking for residents to become part of a larger narrative as part of an effort to build local folklore in the community. Tell Arlington's Story, a project launched as part of county board Chairman Chris Zimmerman's 2011 priorities, is collecting stories online and in story-swapping workshops throughout the year. To get residents involved, organizers are hosting a community workshop with Arlington Independent Media to discuss the project and give tips to on how to share stories. The workshop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Arlington Independent Media's space at 2701-C Wilson Blvd., with the entrance around the corner on Danville Street.