MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door" we visit the D.C. neighborhoods of Burleith and Takoma Park.
MR. RICH FIELD
My name's Rich Field. I live in Burleith in Washington D.C. It's located approximately between Reservoir Road and T Street and 37th and 39th Streets Northwest in Washington. It's about 500 homes. They're essentially row houses. If you first look at them, you think all the houses are the same, but actually if you look a little closer, you'll see that they've all been changed quite a bit over the years, almost over 100 years.
MR. RICH FIELD
The renovations, internal and external, have really made them look different. So when someone comes to visit you, they usually come to the right house now. What attracted me to Burleith was the size of the community. It wasn't too big, it wasn't too small. It was just right.
MS. VIRGINIA VIEW
My name is Virginia View and I have lived in Takoma Park on the same street since 1969. Takoma, D.C. would be the Northwest corner of the city, from Van Buren, Georgia Avenue and Eastern Avenue. We're a couple blocks from the metro. I can walk to two different post offices. I can walk to the Safe Way. I can walk to two different CVS Bank if I want to. We wanted a neighborhood that had more people of color so we wanted a more integrated neighborhood, if you will.
MS. VIRGINIA VIEW
So it was a conscious decision to move here to Takoma. We had heard about its reputation as an activist community and a community where people organize around issues that we were concerned about. We moved here right after the riots. Over the course of a couple of years, we saw a shift in terms of more African-Americans moving in, but that's changed very quickly and I would say now it's almost about like it was when we moved here, in terms of the racial makeup.
We heard from Virginia View in Takoma Park and Rich Field in Burleith. Your neighborhood can be a part of "Door To Door," too, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook. That's facebook.com/metroconnection.org and to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.
And that's "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza, Emily Friedman, Jessica Gould and Jonathan Wilson, along with reporter, David Schultz. Jim Asendio is our news director. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Jonna McKone, Lauren Landau, Peter Domingos and Heather Taylor produce "Door To Door." Thanks, as always, to the WAMU engineering and digital media teams for their help with production and the "Metro Connection" website.
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We hope you can join us next week when we bring you a show all about the 'burbs. We'll go back in time to D.C.'s original streetcar suburbs and we'll consider just how far you can go outside the District and still be considered part of the Washington region. Plus, could the increasingly popular bike-share program work in a more remote suburb?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1
I know from watching the cycling program in Washington just explode, so I don't know why it wouldn't work here.
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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