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Door to Door: Petworth & Rock Creek Woods

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:53:26
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Petworth in Northwest D.C. and Rock Creek Woods in Montgomery County, Maryland.

MS. CLAUDIA DEANE

13:53:37
My name is Claudia Deane and if you wanted to visit Rock Creek Woods you would head up toward Kensington, right outside the Beltway on Connecticut and it is sort of between Kensington and Wheaton.

MS. CLAUDIA DEANE

13:53:49
The development was built around 1960. The architect was a guy named Charles Goodman who is sometimes called "the poor man's Frank Lloyd Wright" and so it's a mid-century modern-looking neighborhood. It's only 70 something houses but they are all in a big cul-de-sac so there's no through streets.

MS. CLAUDIA DEANE

13:54:06
The houses are basically like big boxes. It's a certain kind of person who's attracted to that, not everybody likes that modern style. It's like many parts of Montgomery County there's tons of trees and at some point somebody started putting in cherry trees. So there are cherry trees up and down all the edges of people's lawns.

MS. CLAUDIA DEANE

13:54:26
One of the houses has turned over and what you're seeing is all of a sudden a bunch of little kids. And there are literally almost no teenagers in the neighborhood, maybe one. I think it feels really just its own little self-sufficient thing. When it started so around 1960 it was almost like being in a club. Everybody, I think, at the time that moved in had kids about the same age and they bonded and they've somehow passed on that feeling.

MR. SEVEN JACKSON

13:54:54
How you doing? I'm Seven Jackson and I'm a graphic designer and hip-hop rapper from the Petworth area off of Georgia Avenue. Petworth is a nice suburban neighborhood in the city basically. It's a very middleclass, upper-class neighborhood. There are a lot of different cultures in this neighborhood as opposed to other neighborhoods.

MR. SEVEN JACKSON

13:55:15
It's like everyone kind of keeps to their culture they started off with when they moved here. Back in the early 90s there was a lot of like drug dealers, a lot of drug users, addicts and homelessness. It kind of overwhelmed the neighborhood. Towards the early 2000s they kind of pushed a lot of the drug use out, a lot of the homeless people out.

MR. SEVEN JACKSON

13:55:38
Georgia Avenue is becoming a very nice spot for tourists now. A lot of shops along the avenue have opened. You wouldn't want your kids to grow up in pre-Petworth area. Now I feel like it's a little more comfortable. You don't really have to worry about it too much.

SHEIR

13:55:56
We heard from Claudia Deane in Rock Creek Woods and Seven Jackson in Petworth. If you'd like us to feature your neighborhood on Door to Door send us an e-mail at metro@wamu.org or visit us on Facebook, that's facebook.com/metroconnection.org

SHEIR

13:56:12
And if you want to check out a map of all of the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website metroconnection.org And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Bryan Russo, David Schultz, Kavitha Cardoza and Sabri Ben-Achour. Jim Asendio is our news director. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Jonna McKone and Lauren Landau produce Door to Door. Thanks to Tobey Schreiner, Jonathan Charry, Andrew Chadwick, Margo Kelly, Timmy Olmstead and Helen Quigley for their production help and to Dana Farrington and the WAMU digital media team for keeping our website up-to-date.

SHEIR

13:56:55
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SHEIR

13:57:20
We hope you can join us next Friday afternoon at 1:00 and Saturday morning at 7:00 when we'll go down the hatch and chew on a little cuisine in the D.C. region from the evolution of D.C.'s food scene to the divide between our food fantasies and reality.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1

13:57:37
I try and go with the canned goods because I save more money and I have about $200 a month to spend so I budget very tightly.

SHEIR

13:57:49
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 News.
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