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Remembering David Edwards

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:54:57
Before we say goodbye today, some sad news. If you tuned into our "Dreams" show back in January, you might remember David Edwards. He was an urban planner in Fairfax County, Va. in the 1960s and 70s. And he talked about what he and his fellow planners were dreaming up for the D.C. region in those days and whether those dreams wound up, you know, coming true.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:55:20
David Edwards died last week after a long battle with cancer. Here is an excerpt from his interview with WAMU's transportation reporter, David Schultz.

MR. DAVID SCHULTZ

13:55:29
So you moved to Fairfax County in 1966?

MR. DAVID EDWARDS

13:55:32
Yes.

SCHULTZ

13:55:32
Describe what Fairfax County was like back then?

EDWARDS

13:55:35
When I was a young player here, I was assigned to this western part of the county and I first discovered that people are getting around by horseback out here.

SCHULTZ

13:55:45
Horseback?

EDWARDS

13:55:46
Yes, some of the places that we know well today were little country stores in the old days and kids would ride their horse to country store to get an ice cream cone in the afternoon. We heard that there was going to be some sort of a rail system purposed that would serve Dulles Airport. We thought that was a great idea so we put that in our plan.

EDWARDS

13:56:11
That was 1966, '67. It took a while to actually materialize, but we thought it was a good idea back then.

SCHULTZ

13:56:21
A while to materialize, I mean, that's sort of an understatement. That hasn't -- it still hasn't been built yet.

EDWARDS

13:56:26
Well, it's coming. I came today past the Wheely Avenue Station in Reston where they're beginning to put the superstructure for it so I think it's closer to reality than a lot of people are willing to accept. It'll change the way Fairfax thinks about things.

SCHULTZ

13:56:45
Great, well, thank you so much for talking. I think this a great -- a really illuminating interview. I almost forgot. Do you mind if I ask your age, et cetera?

EDWARDS

13:56:56
I'm something like Methuselah I suspect. I'm 73 at this point. So I've been retired for a while, but you got to keep going in the community so I keep trying to participate in community activities.

SHEIR

13:57:14
That was former urban planner, David Edwards, speaking with WAMU's transportation reporter, David Schultz. Edwards died last week. He was 73 years old.

SHEIR

13:57:46
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza, David Schultz and Sabri Ben-Achour and reporter Lauren Hodges. Jim Ascendio is our news director. Tobey Schreiner is our audio engineer. Our ''Door to Door'' producer this week is Johanna McComb. Marc Adams produces "D.C. Gigs." Thanks to Jonathon Charry, Andrew Chadwick, Margo Kelly, Timmy Olmstead and Bill Redlin for their production help.

SHEIR

13:58:10
And to Dana Farrington and the WAMU digital media team for keeping our website up to date. Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts'' and our ''Door To Door'' theme "No Girl" are from the album "Title Tracks" by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. Visit our website, metroconnection.org, for a list of all the music we use.

SHEIR

13:58:30
We hope you can join us next time when we kick off the spring tourist season with a tribute to visitors from unexpected local spots to visit with your kids to a popup shop you can visit until it's through with its visit. I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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