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Door to Door: Brightwood and Mt. Rainier

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:38:30
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Brightwood in Northwest D.C. and Mt. Rainier, Maryland.

MS. REBECCA MILLS

13:38:39
My name is Rebecca Mills and I live in Brightwood and I moved here in the spring of 2010 and I author a blog called "The Brightwoodian." Like a lot of neighborhoods in D.C., the actual borders are kind of fluid. I define Brightwood as 5th Street Northwest on the east side, 16th Street and Rock Creek Park on the west side. North side, Aspen Street Northwest and on the south side Missouri Avenue.

MS. REBECCA MILLS

13:39:10
It's a very old stable neighborhood. It has the highest concentration of senior citizens in the entire District. It has tended to be a place where people move and they keep their homes for a long time. I have noticed that a lot of the houses that go up for sale are being purchased by young couples with young children.

MS. REBECCA MILLS

13:39:29
There are housing options (unintelligible) gamut. You have large houses with six bedrooms, you have little row houses with two bedrooms or two and a half bedrooms because there's always a bedroom that's more like a closet. And there are condos as well and there's some really, really good deals to be had here. I'm amazed that I live in this. I never thought that I would live in something like this, you know.

MR. BRIAN NEDDLER

13:39:55
My name is Brian Neddler and I am the former mayor of Mt. Rainier and have served 14 years on our city council. I just ended my term. I've lived here since 1992. We are located, basically, on Eastern Avenue at Rhode Island Avenue. Basically, from my house, you can see D.C.

MR. BRIAN NEDDLER

13:40:14
We just completed our 100th year and one of the things we did was we produced a 100-page history booklet and we collected old photographs and old stories. It covers a 100 years of our history.

MR. BRIAN NEDDLER

13:40:27
A low period probably was the late '70's and into the '80's. When I moved here, there were still a lot of boarded up houses and there were drug issues. Downtown basically had deteriorated because before that, our town was known for being, what they called, Loan Row because the District of Columbia's laws about loans was much more strict and so the loan companies located themselves just over border in Mt. Rainier.

MR. BRIAN NEDDLER

13:40:49
Once those started disappearing, then we had a lot of empty storefronts. For a long time, when I first lived here, it was a lot of retirees and older folks who had lived here forever. And as they've passed, the houses have turned over to younger families. So I've seen a lot more children and we have a larger Latino population than we used to.

MR. BRIAN NEDDLER

13:41:08
We have a large gay and lesbian population. A lot of progressive people, a lot people that work for non-profits in D.C. and a lot of people that have been here for generations and then there's been a lot of people who've just moved here in the last few years. So it's a great mix of people.

SHEIR

13:41:22
We heard from Rebecca Mills in Brightwood and Brian Neddler in Mt. Rainier, which by the way celebrates Mt. Rainier Day 2011 this weekend. You can find a link with more information at our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

13:41:36
And if you'd like us to feature your neighborhood on "Door To Door," send us an email, at metro@wamu.org. You can always visit on Facebook. That's facebook.com/metrconnection.org. Up next, what happens when a forest ages and can't be reborn.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 1

13:41:55
There's no teenagers here. There's no young adults. Everybody's a mature individual.

SHEIR

13:41:59
It's coming your way on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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