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Door To Door: Adams Morgan & Bladensburg

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:24:14
And now "Door to Door," our weekly trip around the region. Today, we visit Adams Morgan in Northwest D.C. and Bladensburg, Md., home of those infamous dueling grounds.

MR. VADIM SCHICK

13:24:26
I am Vadim Schick. I live in Adams Morgan. If I were describing where Adams Morgan is, it's right north of DuPont and South of Woodley Park. My favorite time is there during the day. You know, you can walk your dog in two different parks and then you can go grab a coffee in 14 different places. It's not something that you usually think of doing at Adams Morgan because, you know, usually you think of bars and restaurants and going out.

MR. VADIM SCHICK

13:24:54
It gets loud sometimes. So during the week, it's a much quieter place. It's a much cozier place. And for the residents, I think that's really why they live there. It's very vibrant. It's very alive. It's very colorful. It's neighborhood-y, but yet you have lots of people and lots of options to choose for what to do or where to eat or where to get a drink or where to meet up with people. 18th Street is being rebuilt and I think, generally, people are excited. I think it's going to be a challenge for some of the business owners along 18th Street, but I think it's going to look really cool in the end.

MR. RANDY KUENZLI

13:25:36
My name is Randy Kuenzli and I live in Bladensburg, Md. I'm the Fire Chief for Bladensburg Fire Department. We are strictly an all volunteer department, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I mean, we run about 7,000 incidents a year, both fire and EMS. But all in all, it's a pretty quiet area. Probably the biggest change is the diversity of people that have moved into the area.

MR. RANDY KUENZLI

13:26:00
We have a lot of older folks yet, but we get a lot of younger folks in. Summertime is nice because they have a lot of events down at the River Front Park. They'll run outdoor movies. They have canoeing events down there, some boating events. They have tours of the Anacostia River that go down towards D.C. and look at the various birds and natural habitats that the Anacostia provides.

MR. RANDY KUENZLI

13:26:25
We have trails for bike riding and walking and exercising. We have a community center in Bladensburg which offers people of all ages an opportunity to get together and do different things, crafts and, you know, that kind of stuff. So the actual community has a lot of things that they do. I've actually been here about 18 years. I came from Pennsylvania. So when I came to the area, it was just -- of all the areas I looked at, it was just one of the nicest areas to come to. And still remains that way.

SHEIR

13:26:58
We heard from Vadim Schick in Adams Morgan and Randy Kuenzli in Bladensburg. If you'd like us to knock on your door, please send us an e-mail at metro@wamu.org and to view an interactive map of all the communities we've visited so far, check out our website, metroconnection.org. Time for a break now, but when we get back...

MR. TERRY MCGEAN

13:27:19
So we have relative sea level rise rates that are highest on the U.S. East Coast.

SHEIR

13:27:25
The water's rising, the ground is sinking, will things ever even out? It's coming up on "Metro Connection" on WAMU 88.5.
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