MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Gunner's Lake neighborhood of Germantown, Md. and Northwest D.C.'s Chevy Chase.
MS. JOANNE ZEKE
My name is Joanne Zeke. My husband and I have lived in Chevy Chase, D.C. since 1974. when I think of what Chevy Chase is I think of Chevy Chase Circle, which is where the Maryland-D.C. line is and we are south of Chevy Chase Circle in the city. And then extending over to Friendship Heights and then through Barnaby Woods toward the park.
MS. JOANNE ZEKE
The community started with the Chevy Chase Land Company. At the time it started there was development on both sides of the line, the Maryland and the D.C. line. There was a streetcar that eventually did run out making it possible for this to develop as a commuter's community. Well, I think one of the really nice things it's a neighborhood where you can do what you need to do on foot. You can go to the grocery store, you can go to the movies, you can go to the metro.
MS. JOANNE ZEKE
If you live here as long as we have, when you do these walks, you see people you know. One of the things that's fun is people turn their porch lights on. They're great big porches and in the summertime, people do still sit on the porch. What lends so much charm and so much livability to the neighborhood are the shops that are part of it. And although there have certainly been changes, we don't have perhaps as many shoemakers, although we have a shoemaker. We've lost some neat things like some bookstores, but we have many of the same services that have always been here.
MR. OMID JAHAMDEN
My name is Omid Jahamden (sp?) and I live in the Gunner's Lake neighborhood of Germantown, Md. Gunner's Lake is central to Montgomery County on I-270 about halfway between Frederick and Washington D.C. The neighborhood in Gunner's Lake consists of about 500 mixed residential properties, townhouses and single family homes.
MR. OMID JAHAMDEN
Some housing developments, the houses are really separated and so being in Gunner's Lake and with the close community that's here it's very easy for you to interact with your neighbors and get to know them and develop those friendships. The unique thing about this community is that there's no one majority. There's a good mix of ages. There's a good mix of races and cultures and so it makes it a joy to get to know other people in your community and they seem to respect the fact that you're getting to know them and they want to know about your life as well.
We heard from Omid Jahamden in Gunner's Lake and Joanne Zeke in Chevy Chase. If you'd like to tell us about your neighborhood, join us Saturday, February 25th. We'll be at the Petsworth Library in Northwest D.C. between 1:00 and 5:00 pm ready to chat with you and record your story. For more information or to reserve a specific time slot, go to wamu.org/events. And if you want 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 Sabri Ben-Achour, Emily Friedman, Jessica Gould, Kavitha Cardoza and Jonna McKone. 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.
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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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