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Door To Door: Marbury Plaza, D.C. And West End, Md.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:05
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door" we visit D.C.'s Marbury Plaza and the West End neighborhood of Rockville, Md.

MS. APRIL GOGGANS

00:00:18
My name is April Goggans and I'm a tenant here at Marbury Plaza. I'm also the president of the Marbury Consigned Tenants Association. Marbury Plaza is located in Ward 8 off of Good Hope Road, kind of close to the Anacostia/Fairmont area. Marbury Plaza, while not considered a neighborhood in the traditional sense because it's one singular property, to us, it's very much a community. From the fact that we were until this most recent redistricting, were the only part of Anacostia on this side and that was in Ward 7. There's also 672 units here, which means at any time there's 1,200 to 1,500 people. We almost make up our whole entire ANC.

MS. APRIL GOGGANS

00:00:57
Marbury Plaza was built in the late '60s and at that time, it was the premiere living space for very professional black families. It was the black elite. It was the lawyers, the doctors, scientists. There's some notable Marbury Plaza residents, like Isaac Hayes, who had parties here with people like Marvin Gaye. Driving down or up Good Hope Road, Marbury Plaza kind of sticks out because there's these large brick high-rise buildings that are very different than the rest of the street.

MS. APRIL GOGGANS

00:01:26
It's a nicely manicured lawn in the front with a nice corporate sign. In the springtime, you can see all the flowers. When you walk into both lobbies, you'll see the nice kind of contemporary furniture and paint, but as you walk down certain hallways, you just see what couldn't be anything more than just not caring, the horribly patched walls or holes that have been there forever, continuous leaks.

MS. APRIL GOGGANS

00:01:49
In a unique sense, the things that would go here are kind of almost like a little city, things that we've been fighting, the tenant association, for the past five years. I've met very genuine, down to earth, deeply rooted people from every background with the most tremendous stories.

MS. SUSAN PRINCE

00:02:11
My name is Susan Prince and I live in the West End in Rockville. We have Montgomery College to the north of us and Maryland Avenue just to the south. I grew up in Rockville in the 1970s very near to the West End. The convenience is fantastic, it can't be beat. We're within walking of downtown and all of the amenities and it's also very accessible. We're very close to 270 and we're very close to the metro.

MS. SUSAN PRINCE

00:02:40
Right in the West End, we have wonderful examples of historic houses and historic buildings. That's so unusual in this area to be able to, right in your neighborhood, have a chance to visit different eras of history and learn about it and it's really quite nice.

SHEIR

00:02:57
We heard from Susan Prince in Rockville's West End and April Goggans at Marbury Plaza. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door To Door," 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 on so far, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:37
And that's "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Sabri Ben-Achour, Emily Friedman, Jessica Gould, Kavitha Cardoza and Bryan Russo. Jim Asendio is our news director. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Jonna McKone, Lauren Landau 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

00:04:04
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SHEIR

00:04:37
We hope you'll join us next week when we shuffle up some wild cards and bring you a mixed bag of stories. From a 100 year old piano genius to a gym that caters solely to Muslim women. Plus, our American graduate series continues and the accidental cargo that winds up on ships sailing into our local harbors. I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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