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Door To Door: LeDroit Park & The West End, D.C.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:09
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door" we visit Northwest D.C.'s West End and LeDroit Park neighborhoods.

MS. SONYA HARRISON

00:00:18
My name is Sonya Harrison. I live in LeDroit Park. LeDroit Park is a historic district right off of Florida Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue, very close to the U Street corridor. As a native Washingtonian, I went to Dunbar High School and we actually did a walking tour of LeDroit Park, so I became familiar with it many years ago. And I remember a girlfriend and I walking through this neighborhood while we were in college, just admiring the architecture. We have some great murals. One is on a house that actually buttresses the park so you have this beautiful mural there.

MS. SONYA HARRISON

00:00:55
That's the one that stands out the most for me and it's representative of this community. You see in the mural the entrance to LeDroit Park, which is right at 6th and T. It's the beautiful iron gate that welcomes you into the neighborhood. That's in that mural and we actually have some members of our community. As a matter of fact, one of our elders is in that mural so it's a great representation of some of the spectrum of the diversity that's here.

MS. LINDA FREES

00:01:26
My name is Linda Frees and I live in West End, Washington. West End is bounded by Rock Creek Park to the west and lodged essentially between DuPont Circle and Washington Circle. It is named West End because this was the western most part of the city in the original L'Enfant plan, before the incorporation of Georgetown into city boundaries. Urban renewal came to the West End in the 1970s, but prior to that, the area was described as a dreary and decayed neighborhood, home to garages, a car dealership, an ink plant, a laundry, an abandoned (unintelligible) and the last row houses at low rents within walking distance of the new downtown.

MS. LINDA FREES

00:02:05
Basically, no one lived here. All those business that were here, no residential. West End has been in a state of ripping everything down and when it was those old businesses that was a good thing. So we've maintained actually only, I would say, 30 of the old-time warehouses and they've all been redone and they're all very nice. They really are. I fall out the front door and I'm at the drugstore or a café. We're actually quite close to Massachusetts Avenue here, if you go straight up 23rd Street it's N, O, P, then there's the P Street Bridge into Georgetown. And then one more block and you're at Massachusetts Avenue. Everything is very close.

MS. LINDA FREES

00:02:45
If there were anything, I would like a few less condominiums, but we're in the heart of the city. That's going to happen so the good and the bad with living downtown.

SHEIR

00:02:58
We heard from Linda Frees in the West End and Sonya Harrison in LeDroit Park. 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 so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org

SHEIR

00:03:34
After the break, transforming Frank Capra's holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life," into a one-man show.

UNKNOWN FEMALE 1

00:03:41
It has the characters from, it tells the story of, but we're not recreating Capra. We're really creating our own iteration of this story.

SHEIR

00:03:48
And going behind the scenes at a Christmas pageant like no other.

UNKNOWN MALE 1

00:03:52
You got the donkeys, you got the sheep, you got the horse.

MS. EMILY FRIEDMAN

00:03:56
This is like a whole barnyard.

1

00:03:57
Yes.

SHEIR

00:03:58
It's just ahead on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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