“…eloquently captured in Living Diversity, the Pike’s eclectic and hyper-diverse mix seems to embody Arlington County’s aspirational vision to be a “diverse and inclusive world-class urban community.” Living with diversity is not always easy, as witnessed by scores of xenophobic and anti-immigrant measures occurring in major immigrant destinations around the world... The collaborative documentary process represented in Living Diversity is an affirmation of that new ‘we’, we have become.”
Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program; Marie Price, Professor of Geography and International Affairs at the George Washington University.
“…this is not just a book about Columbia Pike. The Pike is the lens, but the picture is so much bigger than that…The Pike looks like the future; it looks like the world..” The Pike has been a mecca for new immigrants to the United States. They’ve come from everywhere: from Mali, Ethiopia, and The Sudan; Mongolia and throughout Southeast Asia; El Salvador, Guatemala, Ukraine, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Bolivia…the list goes on and on. ... the Spirit of the Pike freely inhabits these pictures… they’ve looked deeply into—and really seen—the Soul of Columbia Pike, a place that is still, for at least a little while longer, one of the most diverse nodes on the Planet.”- David Bearinger, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
“… the Columbia Pike Documentary Project delivers a unique and consistent narrative of place and people living in proximity… this book is story-telling at its best. “- Takis Karantonis, Executive Director, Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization