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Door to Door: Brightwood & Benning Heights

MR. ROB SACHS

13:18:02
And now, "Door to Door," our weekly trip around the region.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:18:05
Today, we'll visit Brightwood in Northwest D.C. and Benning Heights in Southeast D.C.

MR. WILLIAM MCKENZIE

13:18:11
My name is William McKenzie. Here in Brightwood, it is, I guess, maybe two square miles or so. This area's always, you know, even during the big riots in the 70s and the 60s, it was untouched. You know, it was pretty intact. It stayed intact. I used to be a member of the Orange Hats. We would all organize. We would come out between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 in the morning and we'd patrol, stroll in the neighborhood. And it's still a peaceful area. It's still a nice community.

MR. WILLIAM MCKENZIE

13:18:46
It's a nice mixed community now. The years have been slow, but, you know, the last ten years or so it has picked up pace, you know. There will be a boom through here because it's moving downwards from Orchard Street, 14th and Columbia Road.

MR. JOHN CAMPBELL

13:19:05
My name is John Campbell. This area would be called Benning Heights. It's right off of East Capital, East Capital, Benning Row. It stayed African-American. I have seen a lot of other races in this particular area. The most important thing we can talk about right now is jobs, (word?) also the drug problem. They be talking about how young people in the neighborhood don't have jobs, have to get out there and hustle narcotics in order to make ends meet because there's no jobs.

MR. JOHN CAMPBELL

13:19:43
I've been given fish rights for the last 20 years. I get about 500 to 600 pounds of fish and we have fish, potatoes, coleslaw, plus we have big gospel shows in the park. And by the way (unintelligible) .

SHEIR

13:19:59
We heard from William McKenzie in Brightwood and John Campbell in Benning Heights.

SACHS

13:20:03
If you'd like us to bring "Door to Door" to your door, e-mail us at metro@wamu.org or visit us on Facebook, that's facebook.com/metroconnection.org

SHEIR

13:20:16
After the break, Rob lifts his epee and parries with the best of them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 1

13:20:23
All right. So that time, I just blocked your blade. Now I can go back and hit you.

SACHS

13:20:30
Ow, right in the ribs there, man. Well, at least I tried it.

SHEIR

13:20:33
That and more in a minute on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5
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