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Door to Door: Ivy City & Palisades

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:38:20
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Ivy City in Northeast D.C. and the Palisades in Northwest D.C.

MS. THALIA WIGGINS

13:38:31
My name is Thalia Wiggins. I am 27 years old. I live in the Ivy City community and I am an advisory neighborhood commissioner. When I think of Ivy City, I think of, like, the little cheese wedge, tucked in between West Virginia Avenue and New York Avenue and it even touches a little bit of (unintelligible) at University.

MS. THALIA WIGGINS

13:38:46
Ivy City's a great place. Yes, we still have that stigma of crime and drugs and I don't know to what point that will go away, but the residents that are here mainly want to see the community flourish. They want to do well by the community. They see that it's changing and a lot of them aren't afraid. A lot of them are actually embracing it.

MS. THALIA WIGGINS

13:39:06
As long as I can remember, the area has been primarily Africa-American and now we see more white residents coming in and Hispanics and even residents from Africa or other countries coming in. Ivy City has experienced a redevelopment boom. So if you look at Ivy City now, of course, you will still see dilapidated warehouses. You'll see some storage facilities and garages. However, you also see condos and apartments that have been refurbished.

MS. THALIA WIGGINS

13:39:32
Some residents who are like my age or maybe a little younger who have kids, they're staying in the area instead of moving on. And then, of course, more new families or young couples are coming in and starting families here. That goes to show you, it's not entirely a bad neighborhood. Something that's happening, that's changing.

MS. JULIE KOCZELA

13:39:47
My name is Julie Koczela. I am 58 years old and I live in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington D.C. Palisades is a very defined neighborhood, bordered by the Potomac River on the west, Fox Hall Road, essentially, on the east. The Maryland line sort of on the north and then Fox Hall and MacArthur merge down towards Georgetown.

MS. JULIE KOCZELA

13:40:09
It's predominately a family neighborhood. There are some apartments. There's many older residents who've been living here many years, but generally it's just a family close-knit neighborhood. I think just being comfortable walking and knowing that our kids are safe wherever they are in the neighborhood is what makes it so special.

MS. JULIE KOCZELA

13:40:29
I guess we're just a really friendly group of people that welcome anybody who comes and we all want to get out and help to make our community better all time.

SHEIR

13:40:39
We heard from Thalia Wiggins in Ivy City and Julie Koczela in the Palisades. 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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