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Door to Door: Herndon, Va. And Eckington, D.C.


And now, our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Eckington in Northeast D.C. and the historic downtown of Herndon, Va.


My name's Lisa Merkel and I live in the historic downtown of Herndon. The town of Herndon is four square miles and we have a historic downtown. We have a town green and a beautiful library that the town green hosts festivals and concerts throughout the summer. We were a dairy farm town. The railroad was essential to our economy in the 1800s and early 1900s and we know that Metro rails' arrival in 2016 will be the centerpiece of Herndon's economic future in the 21st century.


We have a small Main Street with great harvest bread and locally owned restaurants and everybody knows the landmark of Jimmy's. Jimmy still buses tables at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern and if you want to know what the heartbeat and the pulse of the town is, stop by Jimmy's and you'll see what Herndon is. People want to live in Herndon because you can have a little bit of everything. We've got the small town feel with the white picket fences. We're 10 minutes from Dulles Airport, we're a half hour from D.C. and a half hour from Wine Country.


My name is Steven Reineke. I'm a member of the Eckington Civic Association and I play a role of historian there. I've been in Eckington for over 10 years. Eckington is near the New York Avenue Metro Station on the Red Line. It's actually between North Capital Street Northeast and the Metro tracks to the east. It's Rhode Island Avenue to the north and Florida Avenue Northeast to the south.


Eckington's fortunes have risen and fallen due to transportation shifts. And I think, as one of the first commuter suburbs of Washington in the late 1800s, we were part of the Eckington Soldiers Home Line. And then eventually, when that street car went out, our neighborhoods kind of went down economically and then with the new Metro coming in, you could see a spike of development.


It's still very much a quiet sort of isolated feel compared to other neighborhoods because we're kind of cut by various traffic corridors, including the Metro rail. It's basically a neighborhood filled with people who work in the District. You know, people have said it's kind of an oasis, an open oasis. And in a way, it is because you've got other neighborhoods that are within the vicinity. You get a lot more foot traffic, but here, you could walk around and not see a lot of people. It sort of makes you feel like you're further out of the downtown.


We heard from Steven Reineke in Eckington and Lisa Merkel in Herndon. If you'd like to tell us about your neighborhood, join us Saturday, February 25th. We'll be at the Petworth 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 And to see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far, visit our website,
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