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Door To Door: Capitol Hill & The City Of Falls Church

MR. ROB SACHS

13:34:29
And now "Door to Door," our weekly trip around the region.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:34:33
Today, we'll visit Capitol Hill in Northeast D.C. and the city of Falls Church, Va.

MS. VIRA SISOLAK

13:34:39
I'm Vira Sisolak. I live on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. We're immediately east of the capital out to the Anacostia River. I first moved to this neighborhood in 1967 and a couple years later moved away, but moved back permanently in 1974. We live in a historic district. Most of the houses were built between 1860 and 1910. They're row houses and they're generally brick. I'm president of the Capitol Hill Garden Club. We have over a 100 members.

MS. VIRA SISOLAK

13:35:14
The focal point of this neighborhood is Eastern Market. And around the market, there are many things that occur. One of the things is that the garden club sells bulbs there every fall. We try to keep Capitol Hill as a unique neighborhood, even though we're very close to the capital and not far from downtown. People here feel that's it's a neighborhood that belongs to those of us who live here and as such, we try to maintain relationships with the people who own the stores and the restaurants.

MS. VIRA SISOLAK

13:35:46
We tend to be a little insular in the sense that we want to keep our spending local and keep our children in local schools and just make it a neighborhood where people talk to each other, people know who their neighbors are. We have an annual block party here. It's that sort of activity that brings people to Capitol Hill and keeps us here.

MR. ANDY RANKIN

13:36:10
My name is Andy Rankin and I live in Falls Church, Va. Falls Church is inside the Beltway right up next to I-66, sort of between Fairfax County and Arlington, a little bit to the west of Washington, D.C. Falls Church is a large area and we're here in the city of Falls Church, which is actually an independent jurisdiction. It's about 2.2 square miles. In the city of Falls Church, we have our own city council, our own mayor, you know. You can call them up at home, if you want.

MR. ANDY RANKIN

13:36:42
You can see them at the farmer's market. We're known for the schools. We have a small school system so there's two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. All the kids go to the same schools together throughout. So it has a bit of a private school feel, but it's definitely a public school environment. Falls Church has interesting people. I've talked about the village atmosphere. The city has been around for a long time and there's a little downtown area.

MR. ANDY RANKIN

13:37:10
I actually live on one side and work on the other side so I often walk through and it's, you know, antique shops and restaurants and, you know, there's a nice barber shop. So it's sort of a bit of a small town feel right here in the middle of the Beltway in the D.C. area.

SHEIR

13:37:27
We heard from Vira Sisolak in Capitol Hill and Andy Rankin in the city of Falls Church.

SACHS

13:37:32
If you'd like us to bring "Door to Door" to your neighborhood, e-mail us at metro@wamu.org or visit us on facebook, that's facebook.com/metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

13:37:43
And you can click around a map of all the doors we visited so far on our website, metroconnection.org.
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