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Door To Door: Hillbrook, D.C. And Elkridge, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

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We end today's show with our weekly trip around the region. On this edition of "Door To Door," we visit Elkridge, Md. and Hillbrook in Northeast D.C.

MR. DENNIS CHESTNUT

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My name is Dennis Chestnut. I'm a lifetime resident of Washington D.C. and a lifelong resident of Ward 7 here east of the river. I've been living here now 63 years. I'm living now in the same home that I grew up in. The area where Hillbrook is located was referred to as Central Northeast. We called Hillbrook all kinds of things in our years growing up over here in the neighborhood. It just was not really identifiable.

MR. DENNIS CHESTNUT

00:00:47
To the west you have 295, Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue on the North, 47th Street on the east and Benning Road on the south. It's always been a very vibrant commercial corridor. It was even more vibrant when I was younger. Right at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road it is extremely busy all of the time. It's a major interchange, a short distance from one of the first metro stations in the city. There's so much green space and parkland in this area because of the Civil War defenses of Washington and this eastern area was very important because of the river. I believe this is one of the best kept secrets in D.C. I'm glad I stayed and excited about what I see happening and forward to, you know, some of the development that's underway, seeing it completed.

MR. DAN WECKER

00:01:53
My name is Daniel Wecker. I'm the executive chef and owner of the Elkridge Furnace Inn and I live in Elkridge, Md. I'm 53 years old. Elkridge is located midway between Baltimore and Washington. The name Elkridge comes from the early colonists being here. This area used to be covered with herds of elk. Elkridge Landing was the largest seaport north of Annapolis in colonial times and the ships used to come here from Great Britain and on the north side of the river the ships used to come here to get hogsheads of tobacco down Rolling Road, which ended here in Elkridge.

MR. DAN WECKER

00:02:28
We have a lot of wild areas and we have a lot of wildlife and it's absolutely marvelous to go out behind my business here and see King Fisher's and Bald Eagles and beaver and lots of different things that I'm able to enjoy. Elkridge has changed dramatically in the last 23 years since I've been here. It really has grown up as a community from something that was more industrial to a little more cosmopolitan in terms of its role as a suburb. There's been a lot of new housing, a lot of new families. The schools have improved, the community has, I think, found a new sense of its self and there's a lot of pride in the Elkridge community.

SHEIR

00:03:07
We heard from Dennis Chestnut in Hillbrook and Dan Wecker in Elkridge. Your neighborhood 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 see a map of all the doors we've knocked so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:42
And that's "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Sabri Ben-Achour, Emily Friedman, Jessica Gould, Jonathan Wilson and Tara Boyle along with producer, Marc Adams. Jim Asendio is our news director. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. 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.

SHEIR

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Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts'' and our ''Door To Door'' theme "No Girl" are from the album "Title Tracks" by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. You can see a list of all the music we use on our website, metroconnection.org. Just click on an individual story and you'll find information about its accompanying song. And while you're poking around metroconnection.org, you also can join us on Twitter and Facebook. You can read free transcripts of stories and if you've missed any part of today's show or want to listen to any of our recent shows, you can click the podcast link at the top of the page.

SHEIR

00:04:40
We hope you can join us next week when we bring you show about race and ethnicity in the nation's capital. And find out just how much has changed since Washington's official days of segregation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 1

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You felt like the reason why you didn't go here or over there or eat this place or that place was because you didn't want to. We didn't know that it was because you couldn't.

SHEIR

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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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