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Door to Door: Truxton Circle, D.C. & Clinton, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:04
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Truxton Circle, in Northwest D.C. and Clinton, Md.

MS. PATRICIA HUFFMAN

00:00:17
My name is Patricia Huffman and I moved here in 2001 from North Carolina. This area, Truxton Circle, it goes from North Capitol Street on the eastern border to New Jersey on the western border and possibly to Rhode Island Avenue just north of here and maybe it stops at Florida Avenue actually. And then the southern border would be probably N Street.

MS. PATRICIA HUFFMAN

00:00:41
Not a lot of people call it Truxton Circle. I think that the North Capitol Main Street Organization is trying to revive the name. Most people just call it North Capitol Street. In the '40s, I believe 1947 or '48, city planners determined that the circle was holding up traffic and that it should be made more car-friendly for higher speeds. So they tore the circle down.

MS. PATRICIA HUFFMAN

00:01:06
What used to be there was a beautiful fountain, a little park, a circle kind of built up in the center, little benches. This neighborhood has gone through some changes, opening of the New York Avenue Metro and all these things going in Bloomingdales. It's becoming more of a neighborhood than it used to be and maybe people would beg to differ, saying it was a neighborhood before, it's just a different kind of neighborhood.

MS. LAURIE VERGE

00:01:32
My name is Laurie Verge and I am from about three miles from the heart of Clinton, Md. Clinton is actually a suburb of Washington D.C. We are located just about 12 miles south of the Washington D.C. line. As director of the Suratt House Museum I pretty much portray what life was like for the first inhabitants of the area, back when it was known as Surattsville.

MS. LAURIE VERGE

00:02:02
The Suratt family became involved with John Wilkes Booth in the original plot to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln in the spring of 1865 and as historians know that kidnap plot changed into assassination.

MS. LAURIE VERGE

00:02:19
Something that people might not know who are coming to the area too is we have a local regional park here called Casca Regional Park that is just two miles from the Suratt House and in addition to its camp grounds it also has a nice lake that you can use paddleboats on in the summer. It has playgrounds for children and it has a delightful nature center. There are many things you can do when you're here in Clinton.

SHEIR

00:02:45
We heard from Patricia Huffman in Truxton Circle and Laurie Verge in Clinton. Your community can be a part of "Door To Door" too. Just send an e-mail to metro@wamu.org or you can always 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.

SHEIR

00:03:18
After the break, breaking down barriers in the world of comedy.

MR. CHRIS DOUCETTE

00:03:24
Whenever I go to, like, a straight room, or there's straight people in the audience and I'm onstage and they laugh and they relate with me and afterwards they come up and give me a hug. I've, like, broken so many boundaries down just by making new friends. All I have to do is go tell jokes. I don't have to go on protests.

SHEIR

00:03:35
It's just ahead on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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