MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Deanwood in Northeast D.C. and Columbia Pike in Arlington County, Va.
MS. WILLA JONES
I'm Willa Jones and I'm a resident of the Deanwood area of D.C. Northeast. I've been there seven years in August. I decided to move there when I was looking for a house to buy because of the price. The price was lower than some other areas in town. It's the one place I really could afford. At the time that I bought the house, I didn't know the name Deanwood. My house is about 10 blocks away from the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station. But there is a Deanwood Metro Station kind of on the other side of Minnesota Avenue. The houses are brick that go maybe one block down and make right and go down Lane Street. There are a lot of single-family homes. A lot of the houses are very manicured.
MS. WILLA JONES
You can tell where the homeowners are because the houses really up-kept well, the yards look nice. I see lots of kids. There's a school about three blocks away, Charter Elementary School. There's a D.C. Public Elementary School and then there's that junior high school that's also just right down the street. Some years ago about three blocks from where I live there were a lot of public housing and they've knocked all of it down. They've put townhouses there. There are like five or six blocks of townhouses all around there. I just think that Deanwood is up and coming. Throughout the city wherever there's a metro, they're building more apartments and more upscale stores.
MS. ETTA MALLACE
My name is Etta Mallace (sp?) and I live on the west end of Columbia Pike in the Columbia Forest neighborhood. Columbia Pike is a neighborhood in Arlington, Va. and it is located on the south side of Arlington. It is a three and a half mile corridor that stretches from the Pentagon to the Fairfax County line. Much of Columbia Pike was built in the early '40s in anticipation of the Pentagon being built. So much of our housing stock from that era. The Columbia Pike community was once identified as the world in a zip code. This is a very diverse community, it has people from all over the world living here, in all walks of life and all levels of income and background.
MS. ETTA MALLACE
If you drive down Columbia Pike today, you see new buildings with new stores and new restaurants and new apartment buildings. The iconic feature of Columbia Pike is the cinema and draft house. That is the center and the heart of the Columbia Pike. We designated that as a historic building, but it's also a fun and great place to actually go to. Columbia Pike, in my view, has always been forward thinking and I'm pretty proud of that.
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When I thought of about what stories of the holidays that I would be excited about telling, I thought about Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life" and its enduring nature. And I think that's what I first really thought about it, was why does it have such an enduring nature.
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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