MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Bellevue in Southwest D.C. and the Cherrydale neighborhood of Arlington, Va.
MS. MAUREEN ROSS
My name is Maureen Ross. I'm the president of the Cherrydale Citizens Association in North Arlington and I have lived here since 1987. Cherrydale starts I-66 on-ramp for going west, near Kenmore Street on Longley Highway and stretches up to North Utah Street. We have people still in Cherrydale whose descendants are from the 1700s and we had the oldest volunteer fire department in Arlington and it was the first -- I think the first de-segregated fire department as well.
MS. MAUREEN ROSS
We have lovely bungalows and we have a lot of front porches. It's a sweet little neighborhood. Each house looks different. We don't have cookie cutter houses. Our LISTSERV is wonderful. During a huge snowstorm, a neighbor put on a LISTSERV that she couldn't get out of the street to get her husband to dialysis and a bunch of us immediately got involved. Between shoveling and getting the county involved, we got him to dialysis.
MS. MAUREEN ROSS
Cherrydale's like a small, cute little neighborhood and yet we're right here in Arlington and we're a stone's throw from the capital. And it's just -- you can go see anything and then come home to your own quiet little neighborhood and not be in traffic. It's just a nice little spot.
MS. DIONNE BROWN
Hello, my name is Dionne Brown. I'm advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 8D07 in the Bellevue neighborhood and president of the Bellevue Library Friends. We live in a community with mistaken identity. My property records say Congress Heights, the Library Board, the name of Washington Highlands for 50 years and there is nothing permanent bearing the name of our community. Bellevue is the far southwest section of Washington D.C. It's probably about the last mile to mile and a half of South Capital Street before it crosses the Maryland border.
MS. DIONNE BROWN
Well, quite frankly, we're the final frontier. We have a lot of land available that's not developed or underdeveloped. We have been one of the last to be revitalized. The name Bellevue is French for beautiful view and if you go to some parts of Bellevue, you can see clear across the river. You have a wonderful view of the skyline of the city. It's tranquil, it's peaceful, it's cohesive and it's just a wonderful place to live and has so much potential.
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I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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