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Door to Door: Ellicott City and Crestwood

MR. SABRI BEN-ACHOUR

13:53:03
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Ellicott City, Maryland and the Crestwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

MS. ELLEN CASSOFF

13:53:13
My name is Ellen Cassoff (sp?) . I'm a Crestwood resident of 10 years on September 14. My husband and I own a couple of D.C. restaurants and a catering company. We happily exist with wonderful access to Rock Creek Park and to 16th Street, which is obviously a major artery in and out of Washington.

MS. ELLEN CASSOFF

13:53:35
We're a tidy little triangle between the park and Mount Pleasant. Crestwood is getting a little more mobile, if you will, between Capitol Bike Share, we have the S-2 and the S-4 bus. The city also just instituted the express bus so you can pick up the bus right here at Burnham Street where I live, at the end of the street, and take the express and only stop two or three times down all the way to the White House.

MS. ELLEN CASSOFF

13:54:01
There's a big age disparity in this neighborhood. My neighbors and I joke, this whole entire side of this street, the lights are on past 11:00. That whole entire side of the street, they're off by 10:00. But it's a new-old neighborhood because so many people are realizing the houses back here and scooping them up and renovating them.

MS. ELLEN CASSOFF

13:54:20
Most of the people hang onto their house in this neighborhood 40 plus years. It's an incredibly prominent and beautiful and well-built neighborhood. I think that our houses are so unique and such a part of D.C. culture and history that they sort of own the neighborhood rather than the people. You can walk out on your front porch and your neighbor's right there and I think that gives us a whole different sense of community than single-family homes who are very tight with each other.

MR. DENNIS LANE

13:54:56
My name is Dennis Lane and I live in Ellicott City, Maryland. We've lived here for about six years. Ellicott City sits along the Baltimore County - Howard County border and it sits actually down in a valley between several hills right along the Patapsco River, actually the convergence of both the Tiber and Patapsco Rivers. As a matter of fact, that's how the town got its -- was established. It was established as a mill for the Ellicott Brothers, Andrew, Joseph and John, I believe, came to the town back in 1760. So geography has always kind of dictated how the town has grown.

MR. DENNIS LANE

13:55:31
It is very much true to its past, a lot of historic buildings line the main street. The railroad station is still pretty much as it was when it was first established. It was the first terminus of the B&O Railroad and today remains an active rail although the station is no longer active.

MR. DENNIS LANE

13:55:49
We have a large professional population, largely driven by people who work at Johns-Hopkins Applied Physics Labs or over at Fort Meade for the National Security Agency as well as government in both Baltimore and Washington. Along main street you galleries, you have coffee shops, you have antique stores, restaurants. It's just -- it's like Georgetown in miniature.

BEN-ACHOUR

13:56:19
We heard from Ellen Cassoff in D.C.'s Crestwood neighborhood and Dennis Lane in Ellicott City, Maryland. If you'd like us to feature your community 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 surf around an interactive map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

BEN-ACHOUR

13:57:01
And that's "Metro's Connection for this week. We heard from WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza, Emily Friedman, Jim Hilligin (sp?) and Tara Boyle. Our news director is Jim Asendio. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Jonna McKone and Lauren Landau produce "Door To Door." Thanks as always to the WAMU engineering and digital media teams for their help with production and the "Metro Connection" website.

BEN-ACHOUR

13:57:22
Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts'' and our ''Door To Door'' theme "No Girl" are from the album "Title Tracks" by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. You can see a list of all the music we use on our website, metroconnection.org.

BEN-ACHOUR

13:57:36
While you're there, you can find us on Twitter, you can like us on Facebook and you also can subscribe to the free "Metro Connection" podcasts. We hope you'll join us next week when we'll go back a decade to remember where we were on September 11, 2001. We'll meet a man who survived the attack on the Pentagon and hear from the person tasked with rebuilding that iconic building. Plus, we'll talk with Washingtonians who were born on a day now associated with tragedy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE

13:58:02
It's hard to celebrate at the same time that you're mourning so many lives. So you kind of have to do both. It's a little weird.

BEN-ACHOUR

13:58:12
I'm Sabri Ben-Achour, in this week for Rebecca Sheir. Thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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