Door-To-Door: Woodley Park D.c. And Occoquan, Va (Transcript) | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

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Door to Door: Woodley Park, D.C. and Occoquan, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Occoquan, Va. and the Woodley Park neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

MS. TAMORA IIASAT

00:00:18
My name's Tamora Iiasat and I live in Woodley Park in Washington D.C. Woodley Park is centrally located. We're actually just south of Cleveland Park and we're above Kalorama and to our east is a wonderful neighborhood, Adams Morgan, and to our west is North Cleveland Park and Wesley Heights, which are on the other side of Wisconsin Avenue.

MS. TAMORA IIASAT

00:00:48
And the area's marvelous because as I said, we have a lot of trees and we've got Rock Creek Park, Maret School is here with Rolling Hills. Unlike a lot of other neighborhoods we have the quiet, we have the park, we have the cathedral and the zoo and yet we've got restaurants and the library and the Metro and so it's really like melding two worlds. A world of intimacy and quiet, almost as if you're in the suburbs yet all of the pulsing action and vibrancy of this city.

MAYOR EARNIE PORTA

00:01:26
My name is Earnie Porta and I'm the mayor of the town of Occoquan. The town of Occoquan is situated on the banks of the Occoquan River, roughly about two miles to the west of where the Occoquan River intersects with the Potomac River. We are fully in Prince William County and the town slopes from the hillsides above the river down to the plain adjacent to the river.

MAYOR EARNIE PORTA

00:01:48
There are some stereotypes and misconceptions about the town and they do range a gamut. One of the most popular, in fact, is that the word Occoquan means at the end of the water, in the language of some Native Americans who lived here when the first Europeans encountered them back in the early part of the 17th century.

MAYOR EARNIE PORTA

00:02:04
Well, we know from more recent linguistic analysis that, in fact, it's much more likely that it means, a grove of trees. But you will see on all our historic markers and all of our pamphlets that the word Occoquan means at the end of the water.

MAYOR EARNIE PORTA

00:02:18
We think we cram a lot of things to do in a very, very small area. You can park your car and you can walk the whole town and do all these fun things in a day. As a result we think it's a great place for people to go with kids, with their families, individually. We think there's really something for everybody to do here.

SHEIR

00:02:37
We heard from Tamora Iiasat in Woodley Park and Earnie Porta in Occoquan. 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. 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.
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