Walk through Washington
• Walk on Washington
Washington - historically one of the most "black" cities in the US, along with major cities in southern states such as New Orleans. This is due to the fact that after the war for the independence of slaves from the Upper South (Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas) have to move here. The second stream is the African-American population has rushed here at the beginning of the XX century, when the southern states began to practice segregation. In Washington, the attitude to immigrants was more tolerant.
Now 55% of the city population was African-Americans, that the US Atlantic coast is not typical. For comparison, in New York, less than 30% of African Americans in Philadelphia - about 45%, in Boston - at least 25%. In the "zero" growth of the black population has slowed down due to the fact that real estate has risen in Washington, and many African Americans moved to the suburbs.
Now the figure is more or less stable, but Washington artificially "whitewash." As in several other cities in the US, this is actively used gentrification: depressed areas are turned into élite, reconstructing old buildings and building new expensive real estate, which are moving successful young people (the elderly generally less are passionate and are unlikely to move to the area, which was once used by the bad fame).
In Washington, there are areas in which 10 years ago was 90% African American, and now 50% - this is the average for the city. Many can no longer remain in a familiar area because it is too expensive. The most "black" Now remains the southeast of Washington, especially the part of the city, located across the river Anacostia.
Key role in the gentrification plays not the state, and developers, who earn on this huge amount of money. There are many members of the middle class who get a job in the federal structures, are sitting on a good salary (more than $ 100 thousand. Per year), and they piling up free money. Accordingly, they want to live in good houses, created the demand, and this demand under the previous disadvantaged areas redraws. Local residents complain about traffic jams and say that Washington is perhaps the busiest city in the US. In fact, they are somewhat exaggerated. In any case, according to the TomTom, Washington congestion is not nearly as scary as in Los Angeles and New York. In Seattle, Miami and even Honolulu situation is also worse on the road than in the capital.
However, there are traffic jams in the city, and there they are just due to the nature of Washington buildings. But many poorer residents simply do not have cars, so the city government focused on the development of public transport.
From New York to Washington, I decided to go on the train ...
Select Amtrak. Is 3:00, ticket costs 160 dollars.
On the train, there is free wi-fi throughout the journey.
In general, trains in the United States - not the most popular and convenient way to travel. The aircraft is much more effective and the network is better developed. But from New York to Washington, the train turned out to be convenient.
Station Washington Union Station.
A beautifully. The station was opened in 1907. Now here is the headquarters of Amtrak. By the way, this is the second busiest station in the United States.
Potomac River separating Washington DC from Virginia. Once on it the border between North and South.
The most pleasant area of the US capital - Georgetown. Previously, it was a separate town, but in 1871 it was merged with Washington, DC, and then fused and cities themselves.
Something like the historic center. Cute little houses.
Stunning green quiet street ...
Lovely houses ...
What is behind such an apparatus?
Never seen ...
In Dzhordtaune have a shop that sells cupcakes. It is not clear why there is a huge turn constantly. Maybe here in the State Department provides grants cupcakes? Or is it the cupcakes with marijuana? Who stood in the queue, tell me what is the secret.
Yes, it is the capital of the United States.
And this ...
My favorite area in the city.
on bicycles police on duty near the White House.
Tourists fotkayut Obama in the window.
About the White House in the tent lives some nuts. The situation is similar in many countries. In London, near the parliament building is also always some freaks in dirty tents live permanently. Freaks usually act "for all the good against the bad things." I think the State Department specifically looking for the most wonderful in the city and pays him, so that he was standing near the White House. And then you can always say: "Look, we have complete freedom and democracy! Anyone can hold a meeting, and no one will touch you! "
Bike Path to the Capitol is on the center of the road. Marking a cool, but not completely safe for cyclists. This post is written, how to make the perfect bicycle lane.
Washington itself - it is basically a sister office buildings. Walking here is completely uninteresting.
On Sundays, why do not scavenge.
News Museum. Before the entrance - the front pages of many of the world's newspapers. More on the facade of the building there is a text of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees fundamental rights and freedoms of American citizens, including freedom of speech. In the US, are fond of quoting the Constitution.
The museum is very interesting, especially if you love journalism. I am here for the second time.
The exhibition, dedicated to the tragedy of September 11th.
There are our newspapers.
Current quote today.
freedom of speech map. Americans believe that in Ukraine freedom of speech is better than in Russia. It's true? I asked without a second thought, I do not really watch the Ukrainian media. How's it going?
Wall with pictures of dead journalists. List too strange.
nope no Olesya pith nor Andrew Stenina nor journalists of VGTRK Anton Voloshin and Igor Korneliuk killed near Lugansk.
of the dead during the Maidan and the conflict in eastern Ukraine has only Vyacheslav Veremey, a reporter for the newspaper "Vesti". He was severely beaten with batons and shot dead in the center of Kiev February 19, 2014.
View from the roof of the museum.
the Capitol in the woods.
At the entrance to the hotel is worth a bowl of dog food.
Wet Paint! The states are always a sign next to the painted surface, we usually glued to the surface itself. Who is right?
I bought myself a great circle, donut, like Homer Simpson.