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Door To Door: Parkfairfax, Va. And Southwest Waterfront

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:00:09
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door To Door," we visit Parkfairfax in Virginia and D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront.

MR. DAN KING

13:00:18
My name is Dan King, and I live in the Southwest Waterfront. And that neighborhood extends from the historic fish market on the west side on M Street all the way to South Capitol Street on the east side. On the north side, it's pretty much the Southeast/Southwest highway, and then on the south side is the Washington Channel of the Potomac River. It has a lot of history. This was one of the places where, especially after the Civil War, many African Americans kind of made their homes here.

MR. DAN KING

13:00:47
That pretty much lasted until the 1930s, 1940s. There used to be wharfs down here and people who worked at the Navy Yard. The 1950s and 1960s was the start of the urban renewal project, and they basically just wiped out almost everything down here, except for the military base and a few churches. So it's an area that really underwent a lot of change, and I don't think it quite lived up to its promise. At the same time, they were also building the Southeast/Southwest Highway, that sort of cut off this neighborhood. And only a few streets could get north of that highway.

MR. DAN KING

13:01:23
And so this sort of became an island unto itself. The development for the past five years has really been anchored on, I think, making up for some of the mistakes that the urban redevelopment initiated. I think there were very grandiose plans, but it never really felt like a neighborhood again. So the new development really has been looking at reclaiming that sense of community.

MS. MEG BOUHABIB

13:01:53
My name is Meg Bouhabib, (sp?) and I'm from Parkfairfax here in Alexandra, Va. It's right across 395 from Shirlington, so everyone -- a lot of people know where Shirlington is. And there's actually a walk bridge over to Shirlington, so you can get there in about five minutes, which is also one of the nice things about living here. Parkfairfax is really charming. It has a lot of the old-school brick original foundation. It's from the '40s. It was actually created for Pentagon workers, and it has -- two presidents have lived here, Nixon and Ford. So it's surprisingly kept pretty much as it was.

MS. MEG BOUHABIB

13:02:33
It's very unique in its nature and the enchanting kind of forest paths, you know, and it's kind of like a secret garden. You know, you come up upon it, and it's kind of out of place. But they've kept a lot of the natural atmosphere. We're all fighting for land, and, you know, everywhere nearby new high-rises are cropping up. And this particular condo community provides something pretty unique and different.

SHEIR

13:03:05
We heard from Meg Bouhabib in Parkfairfax and Dan King on the Southwest Waterfront. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door to Door," 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

13:03:32
In a minute, an orchestral mash-up of music and math.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE ONE

13:03:36
I went in and did a talk for music teachers, and I started talking about how music notation is a lot like a math graph. And these people went, wow, I never thought of that. I got to go talk to the math teachers.

SHEIR

13:03:47
And a couple hooked on transforming pennies.

MS. CHRISTINE HENRY

13:03:51
I always joke about how, you know, most girls get a diamond ring, but I got squished penny with a diamond ring on it. So it was even better.

SHEIR

13:03:58
It's coming up on "Metro Connection," here on WAMU 88.5.
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