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Door to Door: Fairlawn & Rock Spring

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:36:44
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Fairlawn in Southeast D.C. and Rock Spring in Arlington, Va.

MS. DEIRDRE DONAHUE

13:36:55
My name is Deirdre Donahue and I live in the Rock Spring neighborhood of North Arlington and I'm 53 years old. I've lived in Rock Spring for almost 19 years. It's a several-block area roughly between Glebe Road and Little Falls Road which is one of the original Native American paths that led from the West and heads down to the river where they would trade their wares with the people down in Georgetown.

MS. DEIRDRE DONAHUE

13:37:21
There's no commercial development in the Rock Spring neighborhood. It's lovely. There are only homes and lots of trees and lots of green areas and parks and schools and a couple of churches. In addition to wanting to live in this area because it's beautiful, it's also really convenient to downtown. It's only two and half miles as the crow flies to the D.C. border, but you would never know it. And there's amazing schools here. It's a very friendly neighborhood. You can't walk around the block here without running into five or six people you know walking their dogs or maybe pushing their children in their strollers.

MS. DEIRDRE DONAHUE

13:37:52
Between Rock Spring Road and North 30th Street, there's a forest and the children can run back there and play in a creek and run down through the woods and pretend that they're someplace else in a different time.

MR. GRAYLIN PRESBURY

13:38:05
My name is Graylin Presbury. I'm 54 years old and I live in Fairlawn, which is in the Anacostia part of Washington D.C. beginning at the end of the Sousa Bridge on Pennsylvania Avenue continuing to 25th Street, then up Naylor Road to Good Hope Road and then down Good Hope Road back to Martin Luther King Avenue.

MR. GRAYLIN PRESBURY

13:38:33
Fairlawn is one of the gateway communities to east of the river. We have a fantastic view of the monument from this side of the river and a lot of folks like living on the hill. When I moved into my block, there were a lot of young people. And as they age and families move and what have you, it got to the point where we didn't have many young people on our block. However, today there are younger families and young people. And by young people, I'm speaking of elementary school age kids, young children.

MR. GRAYLIN PRESBURY

13:39:08
It's a good place to live. It's very convenient to get to other parts of the city, to get to outer-lying areas and within the black population it's a very diverse community. You have people from all walks of life, all types of experiences and as you get to know people you realize just how rich the neighborhood is.

SHEIR

13:39:33
We heard from Graylin Presbury in Fairlawn and Deirdre Donahue in Rock Spring. 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/metroconnection.org And to check out a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org
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