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Door To Door: 16th Street Heights, D.C., And Aspen Hill, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
And our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit 16th Street Heights in Northwest D.C. and Aspen Hill, Md.

MS. CAROL PETZOLD

00:00:18
I'm Carol Petzold and I live in Aspen Hill, Md. Aspen Hill is about 50,000 people. Aspen Hill is not an incorporated municipality, but it's essentially both sides of Georgia Avenue between Matheson Henson State Park and Norbick Road and it goes over to Rock Creek Park. The Aspen Hill Pet Cemetery is one of the historically significant places in Aspen Hill. J. Edgar Hoover buried his dogs there.

MS. CAROL PETZOLD

00:00:48
Apparently there are several human beings buried there. There's stories about horses being buried there. It fell into some disrepair but it's been recently taken over by the Humane Society. Aspen Hill by and large, a quiet community. There is adequate commercial development to serve the community but there is certainly not any industry or noisy kinds of things until they start trimming the trees or when the garbage trucks come by.

MS. CAROL PETZOLD

00:01:16
The people are still friendly, they're still looking out for each other. We have block parties, national night out. Families get together. Children are all over the place.

MS. MARIA BARRY

00:01:31
Hi, my name is Maria Barry. I live here in 16th Street Heights in Ward 4 up in Northwest D.C. I've lived here for, coming up on 10 years. Once I became a mom I started getting much more involved in the community and I help to start up a Friends of the Parks group here, supporting Rupture and Hamilton Park as well as a baby co-op as a way to really connect and meet with other neighbors.

MS. MARIA BARRY

00:01:58
A lot of people always ask, "Where is 16th Street Heights?" and sometimes it's hard to explain because obviously you don't have a metro up here. so I typically like to tell people that I live close to Carter Barron and a lot of people remember "Shakespeare in the Park" and the free for all. But then I usually go further and say that it's about a mile north of Columbia Heights and it starts, I think, right around Rupture Park, which is around Arkansas and then coming up north to about Military. And it's everything that's east of 16th Street and west of Georgia Avenue.

MS. MARIA BARRY

00:02:27
We don't have a lot of meet up places in our neighborhood so the parks are a really big part of a way that you could be like, meet you at the park. I feel a really strong sense of pride both about living in D.C. but also really being a part of Ward 4. We're pretty active, like, our ANC, we have 50, 75 people regularly at our meetings. When I think Ward 4 in general and that goes to our neighborhood definitely, there's a lot of activism. There's a lot of interest in staying in the city and making it work for their own families and for others.

SHEIR

00:03:03
We heard from Maria Barry in 16th Street Heights and Carol Petzold in Aspen Hill. And if you'd like to share the story of your neighborhood, join us next Saturday afternoon, that's November 19th. We'll be at the Watha T. Daniel Shaw Library in Northwest D.C. between 1:00 and 5:00 ready to chat with you and record your story. For more information or to reserve a specific time slot, go to wamu.org/events.
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