gan Research Paper
An Overview on Issues, Assets, History, & Overall Make-up of the CommunityAdams Morgan is an eclectic community in the heart of Washington, DC. Its rich history has enabledit to become: a destination for new families, a center of tourism with its parks, arts and lively nightlife, andan epicenter of diverse mom and pop shops that meet the needs of its diverse demography. While thecommunity prides itself on its many assets, such as its many ethnic businesses that cater to the diversepopulations living in or around its boarders, many issues are still in need of resolution. Over the past year anincrease in violence on the streets has led police to send more patrol cars out at night
a clear problemconsidering that Adams Morgan is home to the largest population of 25-34 year-olds (new families) in thedistrict. Further issues include its limited availability of affordable housing, where the vast majority of itsresidents rent apartments and are unable or unwilling to buy homes. In addition Adams Morgan has a fairnumber of both public and charter schools for its resident
s children, it begs the questions: Are familiesholding off on permanently settling down, because they want to ensure their children can go to the bestschool available, even if it entails moving? Furthermore, because Adams Morgan is among the most diversecommunities in Washington, DC, the question of whether such a characteristic actually helps or hinders thecommunity over all. Harvard
s political scientist, Robert Putman, has shown through intensiveresearch that high ethnic diversity results in less civic engagement by community members. Diversecommunities trust each other about half as much as those in homogeneous communities, and while AdamsMorgan offers many outlets for civic engagement and community bonding, there is a large divide betweenethnic groups which tend to act independently of one another within the community. As Putnam explains,only over the medium to long run will communities benefit from ethnic diversity, as future generations blendthe schism between their ethnicities together into more unified identity.