MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we swing by Shaw in Northwest D.C. and Nauck in Arlington, Va.
MS. ASCHARA VIGSITTABOOT
I am Aschara Vigsittaboot. I live in the Shaw neighborhood.
MR. RALPH BRABHAM
My name is Ralph Brabham and I live in Shaw and we own Beau Thai.
And we own Beau Thai. A small Thai restaurant in the Shaw area. I love to have my place in the residential area. I like the growing places like this.
Would you say young professionals?
Yeah, something like that.
I think the biggest change that I've seen is just the organic, the used car lot is now being developed into a mixed used settlement. And a few other vacant houses in the mix have changed hands and have been brought back to life. I haven't seen displacement, which I think is a lot of what people say has occurred because a lot of my surrounding neighbors have been in their houses for decades. But what I've seen is just new life in places that had no life previously.
MR. RANDOLPH RANDALL
So I am Randy Randall, a resident of Nauck in Arlington, Va. I've been living here in Nauck for a little over 20 years. The community has changed dramatically, that it's no longer predominately a black community. In fact, there's less than 50 percent black nowadays. In the late '80s, there were shops, beauty shops, barber shops, a drug store. There was a small market area there within the Nauck community and those gradually begin to decline. And we were having some problems with inappropriate behaviors and some drug dealing and some other things made the area not as safe.
MR. RANDOLPH RANDALL
Nauck, today, is a very safe community. We have a number of new residents coming in and so that's been a major change. And the other change is just the developments. There is the Nauck Village Center plan, which has us having a town square along Shirlington Road because that's the new revitalization district within Nauck. I think the biggest change has to do with the pedestrian circulation because we're going to get nice wide sidewalks and it's going to be a walkable area and a safe area for the community and an area where the community can gather for events.
We heard from Aschara Vigsittaboot and Ralph Brabham in Shaw and Randy Randall in Nauck. If you'd like us to come to your neighborhood, send us an e-mail at email@example.com or visit us on Facebook, that's Facebook.com/metroconnection.org. And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far and to hear past segments, check out our website, metroconnection.org.
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