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Door To Door: Clarendon And Southwest Waterfront

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:40:27
And now "Door to Door," our weekly trip around the region. Today, we visit Southwest Waterfront in southwest D.C. and Clarendon, Va.

MR. ANDY LITSKY

13:40:37
I'm Andy Litsky and I live at the Southwest Waterfront. I've lived here for 32 years. We are a community of 13,000 people and growing. If you kind of visualize it, it's really very small area. Only, I would say, 10 blocks square, but we don't have very many streets leading in or out. I think most people know Southwest as a collection of newer and high-rise buildings and town homes.

MR. ANDY LITSKY

13:41:02
Actually, Southwest is one of the oldest communities in the original city of Washington. In fact, the house in which we're doing this interview was built in the late 1700s by the husband of the granddaughter of Martha Washington. And while George Washington may never have slept here, he did dine in the room that we're speaking. So although everybody takes a look at the large buildings down here and says, Southwest has nothing of historical significance, guess again.

MR. ANDY LITSKY

13:41:28
There's a titanic society that meets down here very year in tuxedos. They have a champagne toast to the men who gave their lives and they go home. Southwest is also home, people don't realize it's in Southwest, of the Cherry Blossom Festival, which is known worldwide.

MR. TOM PETTY

13:41:52
I am Tom Petty and I live in the neighborhood called Ashton Heights, which is one of the surrounding neighborhoods of Clarendon. Clarendon is the commercial center of several neighborhoods, actually, Ashton Heights, Lyon Park and Lyon Village. It is the oldest commercial center in Arlington. In 1919, the people of Clarendon petitioned the state to incorporate (unintelligible) city and this was opposed by Arlington County and it went all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of Arlington County.

MR. TOM PETTY

13:42:26
And it was that ruling that specified that Arlington could never be broken into separate jurisdictions in a legal sense. Of course, it has its neighborhoods but they're not governed independently. When people think about going to Clarendon from outside, it's usually to go to the bars or go to a restaurant and see live music, which is what we're known for.

MR. TOM PETTY

13:42:50
And when I walk around, there's some great, you know, third places, they call them, where you can -- it's not your home, it's not your work, but it's the third place that you can hang out. Everybody seems very friendly.

SHEIR

13:43:02
We heard from Andy Litsky in Southwest Waterfront and Tom Petty, yes, Tom Petty in Clarendon. If you'd like to come on the show and tell us about your neighborhood, send us an e-mail at metro@wamu.org or visit us on Facebook, that's Facebook.com/metroconnection.org. And to view an interactive map of all the doors we've visited so far on "Door To Door," check out our website, metroconnection.org. We'll take another break now, but when we return a new book about former chancellor of D.C. public schools, Michelle Rhee.

MR. RICHARD WHITMIRE

13:43:34
I assumed that she would be incredibly intimidating and brusque and rude, but actually I found her kind of funny.

SHEIR

13:43:40
Stick around. It's just ahead on "Metro Connection" on WAMU 88.5.
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