Today we visited Sustainable DC, Martha’s Table and Busboys & Poets.
Our day started off at the Waterfront. When I arrived at Waterfront’s Metro station, right away I noticed that the buildings in the area were new, compared to the area around the new area. I assumed that the place had gone under some development, and thought that it was strange how you could actually see a “border” of the developed area. At Sustainable DC, we were lectured what goals DC has planned, and what they are doing to achieve it. It was interesting to see Sustainable DC function as the city’s “brain”, constantly receiving signals from all parts of the city, and sending back reactions. I thought that their goals should be shared with more people, because actually seeing numbers and working for them makes a big difference.
At Martha’s Table we did some food-packing activities. We split up into groups and cut vegetables, fruits and cakes. I got to do the cakes. It was actually my first time doing a service activity, or as far as I remember, and it was fun. Martha’s Table also has a used-clothing store called “Martha’s Outfitters”. It was crowded with people, and I could tell that Martha’s Table was not just serving the community but taking part in the community.
At Busboys & Poets, we had the owner, Andy Shallal, talk to us. He made some very interesting remarks on how we see democracy, and that we the citizens are getting less representative without noticing it. As an artist, he also talked about art, and said that “Art is a metaphor”. He said that art makes a simple message, but makes you think deeper, and reaches people in different levels. I found this quite amazing how he explained “Art”, which can be one of the most confusing terms of all. I really enjoyed my time there. By the way, the desserts there are delicious.
Keio Shonan Fujisawa High School