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Door to Door: Takoma Park and Fairfax Village

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:16:36
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Takoma Park, Md. and Fairfax Village in Southeast D.C.

MS. LEIGH LAMBERT

13:16:47
I'm Leigh Lambert and I live in Takoma Park. Takoma Park lies right on the Maryland and D.C. border and Carroll Avenue runs down the main corridor. It's a little bit suburban, but just enough attached to the District that it still has a small town/city feel to it so you don't feel like you're just in a strip mall area with no character.

MS. LEIGH LAMBERT

13:17:08
Individuality, unique qualities are fostered here. Every house has a different feel. Every business has a different feel. Weird is good. It's sort of like the Austin, you know, keep Austin weird. I think Takoma Park has that element. It's been called the Berkeley of the east.

MS. LEIGH LAMBERT

13:17:23
If you want to spike your hair or paint it purple, nobody is going to be pointing at you as the weird one out. I think there is sort of like a peace-love Kum-by-yah, warm fuzzy feeling that, whether it's true or not, it's nice to believe that there is a safe place. I think that there is an element of trust that people want to have that here they can have. I found it incredibly welcoming. I never felt that I needed to go and consciously introduce myself to my neighbors, a very open community that seems to want to integrate. I run into the same faces and whether or not I knew them before, I know them now. I love that.

MS. VERONICA DAVIS

13:18:02
My name is Veronica Davis. I am a resident of Fairfax Village, which is a subset of the Hillcrest neighborhood. Fairfax Village is if you drive on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast and keep going, stop right before you get to Maryland and you've reached Fairfax Village.

MS. VERONICA DAVIS

13:18:19
Fairfax Village was built in the 1940s and it was built for housing for staffers of the Senate and then also workers at the navy yard and the other military bases. There is a clear boundary of Fairfax Village just because we are a tight enclave. It's about a 1,000 units and we sit on maybe about three or four large city blocks. So there is a clear distinction between Fairfax Village and the single family homes.

MS. VERONICA DAVIS

13:18:50
Fairfax Village actually looks like a little bit of a college campus because it's laid out where there are courtyards. It's a great neighborhood to live in for the fact that it is quiet. It's always been very well maintained, even throughout some of the challenging times of the city. I've lived all over the country and this is the first neighborhood that really feels like home to me.

SHEIR

13:19:12
We heard from Leigh Lambert in Takoma Park and Veronica Davis in Fairfax Village. If you'd like us to visit your neighborhood e-mail us at metro@wamu.org and to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far and to hear past segments visit our website, metroconnection.org Okay, time for a break. But when we get back...

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13:19:32
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13:19:35
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