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Door To Door: Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, D.C. and Rosslyn, Va.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:07
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Rosslyn, Va. and the Blagden Alley/Naylor Court area of Northwest D.C.

MR. RALPH OSTRICH

00:00:18
I'm Ralph Ostrich. I live in Rosslyn. The main entrée to Rosslyn is N Street through Georgetown to Key Bridge. You take a right turn on Key Bridge and you see a beautiful view of the Potomac and when you come to the Virginia side, immediately you begin seeing new high rise buildings and it's a spectacular view from the D.C. side to look at Rosslyn.

MR. RALPH OSTRICH

00:00:48
The state of Virginia was dry, no alcohol, until the '50s when somebody discovered in the state of Virginia you make more money selling whiskey than keeping it dry. So there were liquor stores on M Street in Georgetown that sold volumes of liquor and bootleggers or whatever or middlemen would come in and buy whiskey by the caseload and go to Rosslyn and redistribute it on the Rosslyn side.

MR. RALPH OSTRICH

00:01:19
It's easier for me to get to metro to where I want to go and for me, I love to watch the new buildings go up because I'm watching the resonance. Ten years from now, this city will be completely different so we're, I think, in the middle of it all. This is a place for you to move. It's a city with a future and it wants to be, as somebody said, a little glimpse of Manhattan.

MS. MARTHLU BLEDSOE

00:02:04
Hi, I'm Marthlu Bledsoe.

MR. HAL DAVITT

00:02:06
I'm Hal Davitt. We live in Blagden Alley and Naylor Court and it's about six square blocks centered around Blagden Alley in the interior alley of one of the blocks between M and N, 9th and 10th and the block to the north, which is Naylor Court, is the central alley.

BLEDSOE

00:02:24
As far as we know, we're the only alley association in the District of Columbia.

DAVITT

00:02:30
The allies are fairly much as they were. You see the changes over the years where they've filled in windows. Many of the older alley structures still have the second floor window filled in where you would have the bloom hanging out so you could drag hay bales up to the top for the horses. You look at the height of the doors which were taller for some of the delivery vehicles back in those days.

BLEDSOE

00:02:54
I have to say this is a great neighborhood. We all get along. When we squabble about whatever but then it's resolved and we move on and really great people, I can't overstress that.

SHEIR

00:03:08
We heard from Hal Davitt and Marthlu Bledsoe in Blagden Alley/Naylor Court and Ralph Ostrich in Rosslyn. 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 and we've knocked on quite a few, visit our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:03:47
And that's "Metro's Connection for this week. We heard from WAMU's Emily Friedman, Jessica Gould, Martin DiCaro, Sabri Ben-Achour and Kavitha Cardoza along. Our acting news director is Meymo Lyons. Tara Boyle is our managing producer. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our intern is Alex Patlis. Jonna McKone, Lauren Landau, Heather Taylor and Alex Patlis 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

00:04:15
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 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. Also on metroconnection.org you can find our Twitter link, our Facebook link. You can read free transcripts of stories and you've missed part of today's show or you want to listen to any of our recent shows, just click the podcast link up at the top of the page.

SHEIR

00:04:45
You also can sign up for our podcasts on iTunes. We hope you'll join us next week when we'll celebrate the arrival of spring with a show on rebirth and renewal. We'll hear about the revitalization of a D.C. theatre that helped turn Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and the Supremes into stars. We'll meet an artist who's found some rather imaginative ways to take old stuff and make it new again. And we'll learn how a Maryland theatre has created a dramatic, lasting legacy for a teenager who died too soon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE ONE

00:05:15
We really feel in those moments that Sarah's right there and that this where her spirit is most at home.

SHEIR

00:05:24
I'm Rebecca Sheir remembering you that we spring forward this weekend so don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before hitting the hay Saturday night. In the meantime, thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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