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A Bridge to the Past: The D.C. War Memorial

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:52:16
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Cleveland Park in Northwest D.C. and the Wilde Lake neighborhood of Columbia, Maryland.

MR. BILL SANTOS

13:52:27
My name is Bill Santos. I'm 44 years old and I live in the Wilde Lake section of Columbia. It is centered around an actual lake, a man-made lake, with three neighborhoods, Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge and Running Brook. Each neighborhood has its own amenities, playgrounds, we call them tot-bots, a swimming pool, a neighborhood center.

MR. BILL SANTOS

13:52:47
And there's a mix of housing options in each village, condominiums, townhouses, single-family homes so people of different incomes can all live together. Part of the initial allure of the Columbia area was that all people were welcome and we've always had a very eclectic, a very diverse neighborhood profile.

MR. BILL SANTOS

13:53:07
And that has always been and it's always been one of the better points of living in Columbia. My favorite part is when I get to walk around the lake on weekend mornings, to see the waterfowl on the lake, to see the sun coming up and hitting the leaves. Just seeing the lake come alive is a special treat to be able to be part of that and to witness it.

MR. BILL SANTOS

13:53:28
Another thing that I really love about Wilde Lake is watching my kids grow up here and having grown up here, watching them experience many of the same things I have, is an absolute joy day in and day out.

MS. SUSIE TAYLOR

13:53:42
My name is Susie Taylor. I live in Cleveland Park in Washington D.C. and I'm 55 years old. Cleveland Park is a large area bounded by Rock Creek Park on the east side, Massachusetts Avenue on the west side. It goes up to about Tilden Street on the north and down to Woodley on the south.

MS. SUSIE TAYLOR

13:54:05
Cleveland Park got its start in the late 19th century when a man named Francis Newlands built an electric streetcar. The streetcar on Connecticut Avenue started operating in 1892 and that really was the genesis of several what are called streetcar suburbs, one of which is Cleveland Park.

MS. SUSIE TAYLOR

13:54:28
The community around here cares about the neighborhood. We also care about each other and there are many, many people here who spend all of their time and effort to make the community of the nation's capital a better place, not just Cleveland Park.

SHEIR

13:54:46
We heard from Bill Santos in Wilde Lake and Susie Taylor in Cleveland Park. If you'd like us to feature your neighborhood on "Door To Door," send us an email at metro@wamu.org or visit us on Facebook. That's facebook.com/metroconnectio.org. And if you want to play around with a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.
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