On Sunday May 22 I met with five students who have signed up for the Field School for Cultural Documentation–a collaboration between GMU and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. This was an optional bike tour of the Pike neighborhoods, led by the director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, Takis Karontonis. The goal was to become familiar with the neighborhoods along the Columbia Pike and to get a feel for the history through an examination of the built environment.
We met at the farmer’s market on the corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive. From there we biked toward the Pentagon to visit neighborhoods that have almost been swallowed up by roads and government installations, then headed west. The students got a good feel for the different neighborhoods, and the distinctiveness of this community. We finished about three hours after we started. We were dehydrated and exhausted, but as a group I can say the students were very enthusiastic about the tour and the project.
Special thanks to Takis for taking time on Sunday to show us around.