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Door To Door: Edgewood, D.C. & Olney, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door" we visit Olney, Md. and Edgewood in Northeast D.C.

MR. RON BERGER

00:00:17
My name is Ron Berger, I'm approaching 70 years old and I live in Olney, Md. Olney is a non-incorporated area of Montgomery County. It's at the intersection of State Routes 108 and Route 97. Route 97, of course, is Georgia Avenue. Olney was a old rural farming community. In fact, when it started, I believe its name was Mechanicsville .

MR. RON BERGER

00:00:41
Our population is in the vicinity of about 40,000 people. People from all over the metropolitan area come to the movie theater and some pretty famous stars have gotten their starts here or appeared in plays here over the years. It used to be basically a summer theatre, summer stock theatre. It has since been winterized and it runs year-around now and it gets terrific shows and I've seen many, many plays.

MR. RON BERGER

00:01:06
Lots of folks move into a community, they're new, it feels strange, they keep to themselves. You don't have to do that here. Olney welcomes new folks and they welcome new blood, new thinking, new ideas. We're not a real fancy community. There are some communities around, of course, where housing is very expensive or it's the preferred zip code in some people's minds. I mean, that's not Olney.

MR. MICHAEL HENDERSON

00:01:33
My name is Michael Henderson. I've been living in Edgewood for just about 10 years and Edgewood is a wonderful neighborhood here in Northeast Washington D.C. it's bounded by Rhode Island and then it goes to over to North Capital and it goes up to, what is that, Michigan and then comes around. It goes up to like 8th or so, up by Edgewood Terrace, which is one of the oldest parts of Edgewood. That's kind of one of the original Edgewood buildings.

MR. MICHAEL HENDERSON

00:02:00
When I first bought my house, I saw a neighborhood that was an up and coming neighborhood. There was some boarded up houses, some areas that looked like they were being neglected, particularly the place across the street from my house, which was used as basically a dumping ground. There's such a mix of people here, just on my block, which I think represents a lot of what you'll see in Edgewood.

MR. MICHAEL HENDERSON

00:02:23
Across the street this way is Miss Maddie. Four generations live in that house. Miss Maddie is the great-grandmother and they all say hello and they make me fried fish sometimes and it's just a wonderful, wonderful family. Right next door to them is Isaac and Monique, a young white couple, that just bought their house about a year ago and they ride their bikes back and forth to work, very conscious of the environment. Next door to them is Ms. Jackson, who's a single black mom. She's got a son and a daughter living with her.

MR. MICHAEL HENDERSON

00:02:49
10 years ago I don't think I ever saw anybody walking their dog. Now, when I sit on my front porch I see people walking their dog all the time and it's a wonderful thing.

SHEIR

00:02:58
We heard from Michael Henderson in Edgewood and Ron Berger in Olney. Your community can be a part of "Door To Door" too. Just send an email to 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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