Scratched graffiti in a window: "Do you have a dollar?"

The U Street corridor in Washington, DC, is undergoing gentrification. Construction here and there. Demolition. New shops in old buildings. Signs like this, scratched graffiti in an old bank window, remind us that not everyone benefits from the changes.

This message doesn’t necessarily ask us to give anyone a dollar. It’s emphasis seems to be on “you.” Do you, the reader, have a dollar? How are you doing in the grand scheme of things? Maybe you aren’t as well off as you think you are. Or perhaps you’re one surprise away from needing help.



James Smith