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Door to Door: Glenmont, Md. and McLean, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:11
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Glenmont, Maryland and McLean, Virginia.

MR. SANDOR GUZMAN

00:00:18
My name is Sandor Guzman. I have been living in Glenmont around two years just behind a fire department, Georgia Avenue and (word?) Road. We have many things close to our house so it's good to live there. The library is a couple blocks. Every place is close to my house so it's a nice place to live.

MR. SANDOR GUZMAN

00:00:38
I don't miss my food, my Salvadoran food because there is a big community Salvadoran people living here. So you can get any kind of food from El Salvador here. We have a very good transportation system here. I can take the train, metro, or I can take the bus or even they come walking because it's close. But most of the people use buses. Metro for me is good and buses too. People move because it's convenient, it's good place to live. Basically safe, so it's one of the main reasons that people move to this area.

MS. NANCY BRADLEY

00:01:12
I'm Nancy Bradley and I've lived in McLean, Virginia, since 1954, at which time you could hardly have called it a suburb. People said, you're going to live way out there in the boon dock? In the summer, McLean was a crossroad with two two-lane roads. There are four gas stations on the corner, which constituted really all there was of McLean.

MS. NANCY BRADLEY

00:01:30
McLean was about five miles from Northwest Washington across the Potomac River and it's on a main highway that goes further south and comes down to the Potomac River. McLean is not incorporated town, we don't really have borders to McLean. It just sprawls, it just starts along the highway and goes out in different directions. We chose McLean because we were able to find, at that time, enough land to build a house on and have some trees around us and everything.

MS. NANCY BRADLEY

00:01:56
At the time we first moved out here, people are making little subdivisions, little streets were being put in, little houses all alike. The war was over, everybody was married, everybody had little kids and you all had a house on a street and you all took your kids to nursery school.

MS. NANCY BRADLEY

00:02:09
It's become a fashionable place to live, become a stylish to live and people have built huge, big houses and there's atmosphere of people feeling they've arrived when they got to McLean. I think people who have lived here longer just think, hey this is where we live, this is our home.

SHEIR

00:02:27
We heard from Sandor Guzman in Glenmont and Nancy Bradley in McLean. If you'd like us to feature your community on "Door To Door," send us an e-mail at metro@wamu.org or visit us on facebook.com/metroconnection.org.
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